ELLIOTT SADLER LOOKS FOR REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN CALIFORNIA CHARLOTTE, NC (February 22, 2005) -- Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team head West to California Speedway, the site of their most recent NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. The win last September...
ELLIOTT SADLER LOOKS FOR REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN CALIFORNIA
CHARLOTTE, NC (February 22, 2005) -- Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team head West to California Speedway, the site of their most recent NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. The win last September was Sadler's second of the 2004 season, securing him one of ten spots in the inaugural NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship. The #38 Team looks for a repeat performance this weekend at the 2.0-mile Fontana (Calif.) facility to return them to the top-10 in point standings after an 11th place finish in last weekend's Daytona 500.
Quoting M&M'S Driver Elliott Sadler:
On returning to California Speedway-- "It's great to come back to a track you've won at because your confidence is unbelievable. I feel like I know what the car needs to be good. The crew kind of understands what they need to see for the car to be good. It's just a great confidence boost because my record was horrible until that race. I think my best finish was 21st until that win. It's just something about the feeling that you get to come back to a place that you've won at is really, really special. I really can't wait to get back out there, and try and do it again."
On the January California test session-- "We built two identical cars exactly like the one I won with to bring to testing. We're kind of picking up where we left off. We were really fast during the test and I felt really comfortable. I told my team that we could load up after the first day and go home, and I feel like we could come back and a have a great shot at winning this race again. My guys did a great job at giving me the same feel that I had there last year."
On the new impound rule-- "I think it's great. I think it throws a good little twist into the racing deal. Not only do you have to get your car good and comfortable for racing conditions, but also you need to have it comfortable for a pretty good starting spot. The way we set up the car is something that we'll just have to adjust to and learn. Track position's so important. Pit road position is very important, where you pit, so qualifying is still very important."
On the how the first races are crucial in returning to the Chase -- "We need to make really strong progress here the first two months because these are Elliott Sadler type of race tracks. California, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Texas are four of the first seven races this season so these intermediate race tracks, these mile and a half tracks which I group California in because they are intermediate cars, are where we need to gain a lot of points. Our goal is to be in the top-5 in points leaving Texas because after that we'll go to tracks where we may not have been as strong in the past. Also, we have to keep our DNFs low, just as we did last season, to get back into the Chase again. Limiting your DNFs as a team is probably the biggest "X" factor for our team in returning to the Chase."