BUSCH: Sadler Bristol Preview

Elliott Sadler and the Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team are hoping to make it back to familiar territory this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The familiar territory is victory lane at the .533-mile oval. Sadler will be making his fifth ...

Elliott Sadler and the Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team are hoping to make it back to familiar territory this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The familiar territory is victory lane at the .533-mile oval. Sadler will be making his fifth start at the track where he captured his lone win thus far in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Sadler will be trying to accomplish a feat that Steve Grissom did in 1995 by sweeping both events at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1998. Grissom accomplished this task in 1995 while driving the No. 29 Chevrolet for Diamond Ridge Motorsports.

"I am hoping that will be a good omen for us this weekend," Sadler said in reference to Grissom's accomplishment. "We haven't had great luck this season and actually, we were kind of surprised at our success at Bristol in March. We went into that event just hoping for a top-10 finish and walked away with a win."

With the win and third-place starting position, Sadler put on his best performance to date at Bristol Motor Speedway. While Sadler considers Bristol one of his favorite tracks, he says it can be intimidating. Sadler says he has been brushing up on his Bristol racing skills using his home computer.

"Wrecks are going to happen at Bristol, it just can't be avoided," Sadler said. "You have to be on your toes for anything to happen and you have to be real patient. I love racing there because it is just a fun race track. Something that has really helped me a lot is the NASCAR Racing II game on the computer because it is so realistic."

To help out in their Bristol Motor Speedway sweep campaign, the Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team will be racing the same car they won with in March.

In addition to his Busch Series duties this weekend, Sadler will be making his second attempt at Winston Cup racing in 1998. After making his debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sadler and Diamond Ridge Motorsports will try to make the 43-car field for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race in the No. 92 Chevrolet.

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY RESULTS Year Start Fin Pole Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings 8/23/96 24 13 0 0 0 0 $4,205 4/12/97 28 14 0 0 0 0 $6,445 8/22/97 32 41 0 0 0 0 $7,420 3/28/98 3 1 0 1 1 1 $31,335

1998 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RESULTS

Date Location ST FIN LC/TL Earnings Status 2/14 Daytona Beach, Fla. 25 36 86/120 $16,825 Running 2/21 Rockingham, N.C. 5 6 197/197 $16,815 Running 2/28 Las Vegas, Nev. 14 14 200/200 $22,590 Running 3/7 Atlanta, Ga. Rain Out 3/15 Nashville, Tenn. 2 11 320/320 $12,740 Running 3/21 Darlington, S.C. 4 5 147/147 $19,450 Running 3/28 Bristol, Tenn. 3 1 250/250 $31,335 Running 4/4 Fort Worth, Texas 1 2 200/200 $54,500 Running 4/11 Hickory, N.C. 23 14 298/300 $11,495 Running 4/25 Talladega, Ala. 27 41 8/113 $14,300 Accident 5/9 Loudon, N.H. 7 31 182/200 $11,190 Running 5/17 Nazareth, Pa. 5 8 200/200 $13,025 Running 5/23 Charlotte, N.C. 9 41 11/200 $12,125 Accident 5/30 Dover, Del. 29 21 198/200 $13,010 Running 6/5 Richmond, Va. 23 26 246/250 $12,330 Running 6/14 Pikes Peak, Colo. 18 19 248/250 $19,950 Running 6/28 Watkins Glen, N.Y. 33 26 82/82 $10,475 Running 7/5 Milwaukee, Wis. 25 20 248/250 $10,000 Running 7/11 Myrtle Beach, S.C. 6 10 250/250 $13,125 Running 7/19 Fontana, Calif. 7 7 150/150 $24,450 Running 7/25 South Boston, Va. 21 7 300/300 $14,500 Running 7/31 Indianapolis, Ind. 8 2 200/200 $32,050 Running 8/15 Brooklyn, Mich. 15 29 98/100 $13,375 Running 8/21 Bristol, Tenn.

Outside Starts Poles Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL Earnings 22 1 1 1 4 9 4,119/4,473 $399,655

CAREER NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RESULTS

Outside Year Starts Poles Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings Car Owner 1995 2 0 0 0 0 1 6,065 Marion Sadler 1996 13 0 0 0 1 3 64,370 Gary Bechtel 1997 30 4 3 3 6 10 556,372 Gary Bechtel 1998 22 1 1 1 4 9 399,655 Gary Bechtel

TOTALS: 67 5 4 4 11 23 1,026,462

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Steve Grissom , Elliott Sadler