Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion, is coming off a weekend in which he qualified second and finished 13th at Auto Club Speedway. Sadler spoke about returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he holds the track qualifying...
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion, is coming off a weekend in which he qualified second and finished 13th at Auto Club Speedway. Sadler spoke about returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he holds the track qualifying record of 193.216 mph, set on Oct. 13, 2005.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RACING AT CHARLOTTE? "I love the track. It's one of my favorite tracks and we've always run very well there. We've always had good finishes and we still hold the track record, which I'm very, very proud of, so it's neat to go in everybody's backyard and run the fastest lap ever run around Charlotte Motor Speedway. The guys are building me a new car to go there with for this race, so we've got high hopes and think we're gonna be pretty good."
DO YOU HAVE MOMENTUM FROM CALIFORNIA? "Definitely, that was a newer style car we had at California and anytime you get a new car as a team you're very excited to be able to get one, and you're very excited to be able to bring it to the race track. We qualified very well with it and hope that when we get to Charlotte we'll be fast when we unload on Thursday.
THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT NON-CHASERS AND THE FACTOR THEY'VE BEEN IN THIS FINAL 10-RACE STRETCH. DO YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE RACING BETWEEN CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS? "No. I just think its 43 guys racing hard. I don't care whether you're in the chase or not, you've got to go out there and get all the positions you can get and get all the points you can get and run up front all you can. I think people are making way too big of a deal out of the chasers racing the non-chasers and the non-chasers racing the chasers. There are 43 guys racing their butts off doing everything they can. I remember when I was a part of the chase it was my responsibility how I race and who I race and how I raced them. I think people are blowing it way out of proportion right now. Its 43 guys. Everybody wants to race hard. Everybody wants to do well whether you're a part of the chase or not."
-source: ford racing