MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2000) Elliott Sadler spent the offseason hunting, spending time with his family, and most importantly gearing up for his sophomore season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Sadler is the first to admit when he began...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2000) Elliott Sadler spent the offseason hunting, spending time with his family, and most importantly gearing up for his sophomore season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Sadler is the first to admit when he began the 1999 season he wasn't sure what to expect. However, with one full year under his belt, Sadler will be much more prepared for 2000.
"I know what to expect this year," Sadler said. "Last year was really tough for me mentally. This year I'm starting with a clean slate. I can afford to be more aggressive and the fans can expect the return of Elliott Sadler's driving style from the Busch Series."
Sadler's driving style earned him an impressive record in NASCAR's junior circuit, and his reputation from the series is the main reason why Sadler was chosen to drive for the famed Wood Brothers team. In his first 76 starts in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, Sadler accumulated five wins.
Although Sadler is used to pressure, he admits this year will be a little different. The Wood Brothers team will celebrate "50 Years in Racing" during the 2000 season and much of their success from the past will be brought to front and center. Sadler will sport five historical paint schemes on the Citgo Ford, representing the Wood Brothers success over the past five decades.
"To be able to represent the Wood Brothers during this special year is an honor," Sadler said. "I've have to do a good job for the Wood Brothers and put the Citgo Ford up front like the days of old. I'm going to run paint schemes representing the Wood Brothers' glory days. The paint schemes will flash back to drivers like David Pearson, Neil Bonnett and Glen Wood. They are all NASCAR legends and are figures that I admire as drivers and as people."
Sadler believes a top-15 in the final standings is what it will take to make his sophomore season a success. He believes it will be achieved if they can continue to improve their race setups.
"We had good race cars last year and the cars I've tested this year are even better," he said. "The handling is definitely there. We're going to improve our qualifying program and put ourselves in a better position to run up front. We've proven that when we get up front, we stay up front. But, it's tough to get there if you have to start in the rear of the field. 2000 is going to be a big year for me and the Wood Brothers team."