E. Sadler, crew persevere at Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, NC (October 22, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the CITGO Racing Team overcame a week filled with many ups and downs. The Wood Brothers Team began the week with the departure of Mike Beam -- the first non Wood crew chief in the team's 50...

ROCKINGHAM, NC (October 22, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the CITGO Racing Team overcame a week filled with many ups and downs. The Wood Brothers Team began the week with the departure of Mike Beam -- the first non Wood crew chief in the team's 50 year History. Mike Smith and Neil Perkins were selected to oversee the preparation and car's setup. Eddie and Len Wood assumed the responsibility of "calling the shots" on raceday and the team packed up and headed to Rockingham.

Sadler was forced to use a provisional and started Sunday's race from the 39th position. He battled an ill handling, loose racecar for the first 100 laps and fell one lap down to the leaders. He regained the lap when a caution flew on lap 255 and drove to a 19th place finish.

Quoting Elliott Sadler: "We had a learning experience this weekend and I can't tell you how proud I am of this Wood Brothers Team. We struggled in qualifying and were not even close to where we needed to be (Saturday) morning. We had a meeting and Neil and Mike came back with a setup that proved to be very fast. We knew after Happy Hour we could run with these guys but we were faced with more than our share of tough luck today.

"We lost a lap early and battled all day trying to get our lap back. We finally got it back and that's because of the great pit stops we had all day. The guys were the best they've been all year in the pits today and that made my job easier."

Quoting Eddie Wood: "That's the most fun I've had in a long time. I had forgotten how much fun it is to make the calls during the race. Len and I really enjoyed it but we're still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new crew chief. We had a productive weekend in our crew chief search but it may be the end of the season before we're able to make it all come together. We're just gonna keep on going the way we did this weekend until all of the pieces of the puzzle are available."

The Winston Cup Series will enjoy a weekend off before heading to Phoenix, Arizona. The race is slated for November 5, 2000 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler , Mike Smit