Garage Chatter: Pocono

M&M's ups Sadler's contract: Robert Yates Racing announced Friday that M&M's has extended their contract with the No. 38 Ford for three years. That puts Sadler behind the wheel of the RYR Ford until 2008. "I want to thank Eddie for that and...

M&M's ups Sadler's contract: Robert Yates Racing announced Friday that M&M's has extended their contract with the No. 38 Ford for three years. That puts Sadler behind the wheel of the RYR Ford until 2008.

"I want to thank Eddie for that and Robert and Doug and everybody at RYR," Sadler said. "It was a very exciting day this past week when we signed and made everything official. I think there was never any doubt that we were gonna continue this relationship, but to go through the process and get it done through 2008 is a great, great feeling for me and my family. I feel like we're just beginning as a race team. Todd and I, it's only our second year working together. I think we learned a lot last year together and I just can't see breaking up this team right now.

"I love it over here at Robert Yates Racing. The first thing my teammate told me was that if I ever went to race there, I'd never want to race anywhere else and he hit it right on the head. They treat you like gold. They treat you like part of the family and really roll out the red carpet, not only for the drivers but for everybody that's involved with the team.

"The things that Mr. Yates does and Eddie D'Hondt for the crew members and their families - with all the functions they have - is absolutely unbelievable. There's no place better that I can see working at, so I was glad to get it signed and get it over with and now it's time to get down to business and try to go win ourselves a Nextel Cup championship."

Third Cup team for Evernham: Ray Evernham said "there was better than a 50% chance" of his organization having a third Cup team in 2006.

Rumored to being considered to drive the third car is Casey Mears who is expected to be replaced in the No. 41 Dodge by Reed Sorenson.

Still no one for the No. 2: Rumors continue to circulate as to who will fill the seat of No. 2 Penske Dodge. Although Kevin Harvick's name continues to be brought up - he is contractually bound to the No. 29 RCR Chevy.

IRL whiz-kid Sam Hornish, Jr. is also being considered.

No shifting at Pocono not a big issue: NASCAR's new mandatory gear rule which forces team to all use the same gear ratio cancels any reason for Pocono racers to shift this weekend at Pocono.

Point leader Jimmie Johnson believes while it will be different to what drivers are used to at Pocono but ultimately still make for good racing.

"It's going to be frustrating so once again, I think the tempers once again will be high," said Johnson. "So whoever can keep a cool head and really search out a new line [will benefit].

"I don't think you can run the same line we have in the past. You're probably going to have to move up and you may see a higher line around this race track than you've ever seen before."

Engine guys have been working overtime to prepare for this weekend's shift- less Pocono. Robert Yates Racing, known for its horsepower, is confident they have hit on the right combination for the unique track.

"It's definitely gonna present a bunch of challenges," said Todd Parrott, crew chief for the No. 38 Ford. "We've been in the truck all morning long - all week long talking about it - actually since Daytona in February this has all come about. Doug and the guys have been working really hard in the engine room to come up with a combination for that, but until I guess 1:20 this afternoon we're really all up in the air and not really sure what it's gonna be all about.

"We didn't test up here. A few people did test and the things that we did here were a lot different. We feel like we've got a good package. I'm really excited about the car that we brought here and, like I said, at 1:20 we'll find out what it's all about."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Ray Evernham , Robert Yates , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornis
Teams Yates Racing