Atlanta II: Sadler - Dodge Friday interview

Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) DID YOU SEE THE VIDEO OF THE CONFLICT WITH EDWARDS AND KENSETH? "I have not watched the video. I have been in the woods all week so I haven't had any access to any computer. I heard what...

Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

DID YOU SEE THE VIDEO OF THE CONFLICT WITH EDWARDS AND KENSETH? "I have not watched the video. I have been in the woods all week so I haven't had any access to any computer. I heard what had happened but I have not seen any video."

HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH EDWARDS? "Yes, I have. I have had problems with Edwards. I had problems at Richmond a couple years ago when he spun me out in the Busch race and he didn't like some of the things I said in the paper, I guess. He came and confronted me at the driver's meeting the next day pretty much in the same manner he did with Kenseth. I don't know. I don't think it's right especially if it's teammates. But, that's not my fight. I don't have a dog in it. I'll let Jack or Matt or Carl or whoever, however they want to talk about it, battle it out or whatever they're interested in doing."

WHO HAS RESPONSIBILITY, THE DRIVER OR THE CAR OWNER IN THESE SITUATIONS? "I don't know. I guess every owner is different. My teammate got into me last week and took me out of the race. We handled it as drivers, as men. We talked about it. We understood what position both of us are in and we're fine. We're going to move on from it. As a man you handle it yourself."

IS CARL'S BULLY PERSONNA REAL? "I don't know. Racing with Carl, he seems to have a lot of problems with a lot of different people. Hitting Dale Junior after the race in Michigan, attacking him in victory lane and then attacking Matt. I think he is one of the best race car drivers in our sport. Carl Edwards can do a lot of amazing things with a racecar. I just think sometimes he can't control his attitude. A lot of times he's a nice guy, just sometimes he just can't control his emotions. He lets his emotions get the best of him. I think as he matures, gets older and understands the sport a little more, I think that will calm down a little bit. I don't really believe in the 'aw shucks' attitude either. I think he is a great racer. I just think if he controls his emotions a little bit better he'll be fine."

HOW DID YOU HANDLE THE RICHMOND CONFRONTATION, PHYSICALLY? "I don't the garage is the right place to fight at or to have a boxing match. Especially when you represent different sponsors like you do each and every week. You have to learn how to control your image and your attitude. You're the face of a lot of different sponsors and you just gotta control your emotions and like I said before he is an unbelievable race car driver, one of the best guys we got on here. He just has to control his emotions a little bit, not let them get the best of him and he'll be fine. He's really a nice guy. He really is. He just sometimes let his attitude get the best of him. Once he controls that, matures a little bit, he'll fit right in and be a good guy for this sport."

THERE IS TALK YOU MIGHT HAVE A NEW SPONSOR NEXT YEAR, CAN YOU SAY ANYTHING? "I know the guys have been working real hard on it. I know they got some people interested. As far as anything signed or anything like that, I don't know of anything like that yet. It's cool to have people interested in us and interested in me and our race team. I know we're talking to four or five different folks that are inquiring. As far as anything final right now, I don't know anything about that. I told them 'don't let me know until its final'. Yea, I'll talk to the guys if their interested but I don't want to be in any of the negotiations or anything like that and when they finalized it that will be cool to announce something like that. Until then I told them leave me out of it."

WHAT WILL PATRICK CARPENTIER BRING TO GILLETT/EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS? "Well, I think he is going to bring a lot of energy. I think he is going to bring a different way of looking at things. Hopefully he can help us with some of the road course stuff. That is always cool to go to VIR and places like that and test with road course guys and kinda overlay laps. That's something I have always wanted to get better at. But, I don't know until we actually get in that format. I'm looking forward to working with him at the racetrack under racing conditions. We've done some testing at Kentucky and things like that, but that's so much different when you have computers on the cars and they pretty much can tell you everything you are doing. I think when you get down to really racing with each other on a race weekend where communication is involved and stuff like that, I think then we'll start realizing how much we can help each other.

"I'm sure he is going to look up to Kasey and I as mentors and kinda ask us a lot of advice each and every weekend. We're going to try to help him the best way we can next year. So, we're looking forward to it. I just think he just needs to get in the seat some, get his feet wet, make some laps and make some races and go from there."

HOW WAS THE HUNTING? "Awesome, had a great time; been hunting all day, every day, all week in Virginia. We had bow hunting in; had a great time. The weather changed a little bit, got cooler, the deer moved. Saw a pile of deer, spent a lot of good time with my friends. It's that time of season again.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TEXAS NEXT WEEK? CAN YOU WIN? "I think so. We'll see here in Atlanta. We can take a lot of things from Atlanta and translate it over to Texas. I do love that racetrack. It's one of my favorites. I'm running the Busch race there so I have two good opportunities to go in there to be successful. Anything can happen. We showed up there and have led a lot of laps at that place, led the most laps there the year before we won there. So, pretty cool racetrack for Elliott Sadler. It fits my driving style. I am really comfortable there. Was running very good there last year before we blew a motor; top five with the 19 car. We think we can go back down there again this fall and be competitive."

WHAT MAKES TEXAS A BETTER MILE AND HALF THAN ATLANTA OR LOWES'? "Every track is different just like every golf course is 18 holes with some par 5's and some par 3's but every one of them is different. A golf course that has a lot of dogleg lefts in it fits me good because I hit the ball right to left with a draw. If it's a golf course that goes left to right, yea it's got 18 holes but I don't do to well at it. So the same thing with a racetrack, yea they are all mile and a halves, Atlanta, Charlotte, Kansas, Chicago and the list goes on but every one of them is just a little bit different. Texas is just a little bit different. The entry is a little different. The exit is a little different. Just for some reason I adapted to it the first time I went and fell in love with the place. I wish I could explain it. I wish I could learn how to take it to Richmond where I am terrible."

IS THERE PRESSURE TO GET A WIN FOR GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS IN THE NEXT FOUR RACES? "You know I am not looking at it that away. I'm looking at my guys have busted their butts all year long and feel like we've been climbing a mountain just as steep as it can be to get back to where Kasey was last year and that's being competitive, running up front, leading laps, winning races, getting on poles. We've been looking at it as how far up the mountain are we are climbing, not we gotta do this, we gotta do this or this record is lost or that record is lost. We just want to make our teams better. And, if we get ourselves an opportunity to win we want to do that. We got four races less, yes you said, time is running out. We feel like we are peaking a little bit now for our team this year. We are getting a little bit better so anything can happen. A couple of these tracks we race at I think I am pretty decent at so we will see."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler