Atlanta: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler hopes Atlanta test sign of success. "Man, these first three races we've just had some bad luck. We are looking forward to getting this monkey off our backs and see if we can turn things around."     -Elliott Sadler on...

Sadler hopes Atlanta test sign of success.

"Man, these first three races we've just had some bad luck. We are looking forward to getting this monkey off our backs and see if we can turn things around."
    -Elliott Sadler on the start of the season



View from the driver's seat with Elliott Sadler...

"We tested in Atlanta last week and basically handed our notes over to the 88 team like we did for Rockingham. We share information at Robert Yates Racing because we are all in it for a common goal -- to win races and eventually championships. It's a shame that our day ended early in Vegas, but it's a good feeling to know we had a car capable of finishing inside of the top-10 finish. Luck was not on our side in Vegas, but at least we know we can make adjustments to the car that seems to help the handling.

"I like racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Its real fast and we will have to have a good balance with the right aerodynamic and chassis setups. The car has to handle well at Atlanta and there are at least three grooves that typically develop during the race. If we can get close on the setup I think the Robert Yates horsepower will make the M&M's team a threat this weekend. We've got everything we need to be winning races, now all we need is some luck."



View from on top of the Pit Box with Crew Chief Raymond Fox III:

"We had a great test in Atlanta last week. Since Elliott is new to Robert Yates Racing, we treat test sessions like we are at the track for a typical weekend. Until we establish good communication and a good baseline, last year's notes don't mean too much. Elliott and our driver from last year are completely different in what they like and don't like in a car.

"We ran a 29.31/189.150 mph which was three tenths off of last year's pole speed. I think the track will be different when we go back, but the pole speed should be the same. I am not sure if that is a good indicator for us or not, because I haven't seen any speeds from the Chevrolets there, so we'll just have to see when we get there."



View from above the track with Spotter Brett Griffin:

"Spotting at Atlanta is very similar to spotting at most of the 1.5-mile tracks but the banking there is extreme, which allows for higher speeds. The groove also moves up as the race goes on so I try to pay attention as to which cars are running which groove. If the guys up front are running up high then obviously that may be a faster line. The coolest thing about spotting at a place like Atlanta is realizing that Elliott and I are communicating and working together while he's racing at speeds in excess of 200 mph."

"M&M's"® Racing Bits and Pieces...

Notables...

- Elliott Sadler will make his 150th NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on April 13th.

- Sadler was the fastest Ford in Atlanta Motor Speedway testing last month -- turning in a 29.31/189.150pmh -- three tenths slower than last year's pole sitter Bill Elliott's speed of 28.944/191.542mph.

Elliott Sadler Appearances:

Friday, March 7th -- Weather permitting autograph session at the No. 38 trackside souvenir trailer after qualifying.

"M&M's"® Trivia: In 1981, "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies were chosen by the first space shuttle astronauts to be included in their food supply. "M&M's"® are now on permanent display at the space food exhibit of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing