Darlington: Hermie Sadler race notes

Hermie Sadler, FanZCar Solid In Darlington DARLINGTON, SC - - When the checkered flag waved for the running of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on Saturday, members of the SCORE Motorsports team could be seen with a smile ear-to-ear after posting a...

Hermie Sadler, FanZCar Solid In Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC - - When the checkered flag waved for the running of the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on Saturday, members of the SCORE Motorsports team could be seen with a smile ear-to-ear after posting a very solid 18th place finish in the fourth event of the 2004 season.

It was a promising ending to a very comfortable weekend for the team, and a nice recovery from a couple of dismal finishes the team had faced in the last two events.

Things were looking good for the team heading into the race on Saturday, as the team was told that their driver Hermie Sadler, the 1993 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year would be carrying a camera mounted in his helmet for thousands of NASCAR viewers to see during the broadcasting of the DHP 200.

Sadler, and the other 42 of NASCAR Busch Series best took the green flag shortly after 1:00pm under sunny skies. Sadler piloting his No. 02 The FanZCar Chevrolet faced a handling issue for the first part of the run on Saturday. The machine did not handle well on early green flag runs, but later came around during the span of longer green flag conditions.

The first caution of the day occurred on lap 20 when Ron Hornaday, Jr in the AC-Delco machine made contact with the No. 16 of Justin Ashburn causing a yellow flag to be waved around the egg-shaped facility.

The caution allowed the teams on the lead lap to come to pit road and make some much welcomed adjustments to their cars. The SCORE Motorsports team bolted on four new Goodyear Eagles, added Sunoco racing fuel, while making a slight chassis adjustment to help Sadler gain more grip under racing conditions.

When the sanction returned to green flag racing, it was Sadler who was beginning to make a charge towards the top-twenty with all efforts of staying on the lead lap, as Roush Racing drivers Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle were setting a fire on their other competitors.

The second caution flag flew on lap 45 for an accident involving rookies Donnie Neuenberger, and Shane Sieg. While both drivers were able to drive away from the crash site, it put the field make under caution conditions, with some teams including the Black and White No. 02 to pit lane. The team completed the service to the car quickly and sent Hermie to rejoin the field.

Back under green flag racing, Sadler patiently again tried to make his way towards the front pack, a couple of close calls occurred in the process, but the veteran driver performed magnificent and continued on his way.

Two more cautions waved nearing the end of the event, both with the SCORE Motorsports automobile slicing his way into his pit box. The team added tires, fuel and some handling adjustments to prepare Sadler for what seemed could be the last green flag run of the day, following the accident involving Mike Wallace near lap 100.

Roush Racing continued to lead the field, but the action was hot and heavy behind them as drivers sliced and diced their way including the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver trying to grab as many positions as possible with the race winding down.

During the last green flag run, Sadler's No. 02 machine became a rocket ship, much like Rockingham and allowed him to pass several competitors in the last 15 circuits enroute to an 18th place finish, a career best for the primary sponsor, The FanZCar.

"It was a good clean and solid day for this SCORE Motorsports team," stated Sadler, who started the event 26th. "We had a really good car through much of the event, I wish we had a couple of more laps at the end, I think we could have stole a couple more positions," he mentioned.

The top-twenty finish was also the team's best finish of the 2004 season thus far. "I hope the monkey is off our back. I'm very happy for our all of our sponsors (The FanZCar, Zapf Creation, Jenkins & Jenkins Law Firm) we'll take this finish and look forward to Bristol next weekend," Sadler added.

Sadler's quality run Saturday helped him considerably in the bid for the NASCAR Busch Series Championship. Hermie Sadler jumped four positions in the standings from 30th to 26th, less than 100 markers out of the top twenty.

SCORE Motorsports will have a busy week next week as the driver of car 02 will pull double duty in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Sadler will drive the No. 02 The FanZCar machine on Saturday, followed by the No. 02 East Tennessee Trailers car on Sunday.

The FanZCar Scope: SS Racing Inc. is part of the racing industry. We are in the business of providing a fan-based sponsorship for a race team within NASCAR's Racing Series. This endeavor is known and marketed as The FanZCar. The monetary funds needed to generate the sponsorship for an entire racing season will be derived from membership sold by SS Racing Inc. for the FanZCar.

Members of The FanZCar will be involved in aspects of decisions typically associated with the sponsor. The FanZCar will elevate its member's involvement within the sport they love, while providing joy and enthusiasm for all, as they cheer on THEIR sponsored race car (The FanZCar) each week.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Mike Wallace , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Hermie Sadler , Donnie Neuenberger , Justin Ashburn , Shane Sieg