Elliott Sadler on Charlotte Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to this weekend. We have Air Force on our No. 19 Ford Fusion. It's definitely a great way to help honor our men and women who serve and protect our country. What a perfect weekend to...
Elliott Sadler on Charlotte Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to this weekend. We have Air Force on our No. 19 Ford Fusion. It's definitely a great way to help honor our men and women who serve and protect our country. What a perfect weekend to have them featured on our car.
"We have a long race ahead of us this Sunday. I know I'm mentally and physically preparing for it now and know this No. 19 team is preparing for it too. We have to be sure our Ford can make the transition from day to night. We'll practice in the heat of the day, qualify towards the end of the day, and then race goes from day to night. We'll need a solid qualifying run to get us good track position from the get-go. Then, staying patient through the first 300 or so laps will be important too. We'll want to make sure we'll be right there in the mix of things in the last 100 to 150 laps."
Crew Chief Wally Rogers' Thoughts on the Coca-Cola 600: "It's a long race. It's hard because it starts so early and it's almost like you've gotta survive. If your car is half way decent until the sun goes down and you can maintain your position and stay on the lead lap then the chances of having a good finish there are very high. I think that 's the hardest part of that whole race - making sure your stuff is right for the heat of the day. How many cars have been just barely hanging on for 100 laps and then all of the sudden at the end of the night that's the guy that has a shot to win the race? You have to build plenty of adjustment into it and that's a lot of work.
"In practice during the heat of the day you have to be a little bit free. But you have to be free and have speed. If you have speed and you're still a little bit loose you can kind of hang on. But there's a really fine line there, because if you go on the other side of the fence, you're done. You'll be two laps down before the sun goes down and then you're fighting all night to get it back. With the race being as long as it is, I think it will be harder to take a lot of tack position chances because one mistake early on and you'll pay for it for 100 laps."
Chassis History: The No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 280 for this weekend's event. This Ford Fusion was previously run on the mile and a half Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sadler qualified eighth and after a late-race incident, finished 19th in that event.
Special Military Guest: United States Air Force General Norton Schwartz will be a guest of the No. 19 team this weekend. Richard Petty Motorsports is proud of its relationship with the U.S. Air Force and honored to have General Schwartz on hand this Memorial Day weekend. General Schwartz is the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As Chief, Gen. Schwartz serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisors to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President of the United States.