ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) Third "My run was kind of a bittersweet run. My guys gave me a car that was capable of winning the pole. We had been fastest all day long, faster in practice. I just drove it into turn one...
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) Third
"My run was kind of a bittersweet run. My guys gave me a car that was capable of winning the pole. We had been fastest all day long, faster in practice. I just drove it into turn one way too hard. I saw the shade and thought I would go after it. I just kind of lost a lot of time in one and two and it's a shame we lost by four hundredths. I'm proud of my guys. It was a great run for us. We needed some momentum. I can't think of a better place to run than here at Lowe's where we've had some success here in the past. I love the Coca-Cola 600. We've got a pretty cool paint scheme with the Fantastic Four movie coming out. I'm proud of my guys. We needed this little momentum booster. This is a track we've been happy with in the past. This is a good way to get the weekend started."
"I'm glad there is a 600-mile race on the schedule. It kind of stands alone by itself. This is one of the biggest three or four races we have each year, and to have it here in your backyard and everybody brings their best stuff to this racetrack. It used to be the World 600. Now it's the Coca-Cola 600. I think it's a great race. I think it needs to stay 600 miles. This is a hard track on motors. It puts those guys through it, but if you survive and win this race you definitely have accomplished something -- not just you as a driver but the crew members, the pit stops, the engine guys. A lot of effort goes into this race because it's close to home and because it's 600 miles. It's a great race. I hope we keep it at that."
"I don't think you can say the 48, just because of one lap, I think with 600 miles he's got a lot of time to come from what ever position he's at. They're still going to be the team to beat. They've got this place figured out. They're always real good on adjustments. It seems like every time they pit they make the car better as it gets into the nighttime. I don't think you can define them as not being the guardian of the gate by just one lap of qualifying. They're still the team to beat and that's who we're going to be shooting for.
"We've struggled at two things this year at Evernham's -- the COT cars and we haven't got the balance on this new nose. We do not know what it wants yet, and we've tried every different body configuration under the sun. Pretty much Kasey and myself came here this weekend with the same stuff we had last year and didn't try to mess with it. We kinda went back to basics, the same configuration that Kasey won all his races with last year. We put them on both of our cars. He was happy with his car in practice and in race trim especially. I've been happy with my car right off the truck. Maybe we kinda over analyzed everything this winter and we're getting back to the way things were last year and I'm looking forward to seeing it in race conditions Sunday."
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