Las Vegas: Elliott Sadler race report

Sadler un-lucky in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS, NV (March 2, 2003) -- When it rains in Las Vegas, it pours. Seemingly enough, the casinos of Las Vegas were not the only elements that tested Elliott Sadler's luck this weekend. After a weekend of wacky...

Sadler un-lucky in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 2, 2003) -- When it rains in Las Vegas, it pours. Seemingly enough, the casinos of Las Vegas were not the only elements that tested Elliott Sadler's luck this weekend. After a weekend of wacky weather and on track struggles, Sadler and the "M&M's"® Racing team were in the process of making their way through the field when a mechanical failure occurred on lap 125.

Qualifying didn't go quite as planned when Sadler's candy machine got loose on the first lap almost causing him to spin out the car. He held on to a lap that would place him 23rd on the starting grid. Practice on Saturday didn't go as planned either, and the No 38 team struggled with their setup.

In an effort to make drastic changes, Sadler, Doug Yates, crew chief Raymond Fox and car chief Shawn Parker had a meeting of the minds. Sadler said Sunday morning the team changed everything on the car that was not bolted down.

The changes worked and shortly after the start of the UAW/GM Daimler Chrysler 400 Sadler motored from the 23rd position up to 17th behind the leader. The car needed a little help on the handling as Sadler was having a hard time getting the car to turn into the corner.

The team moved up into the 12th position before a white cloud of smoke trailed the No. 38. Sadler took his machine to the garage ending his day early. Shortly after, teammate Dale Jarrett was involved in a crash ending the charge of Robert Yates Racing for the day.

"We had an incredible run going today," said Sadler as he watched the team loading up his car into the truck. "I can't believe it. We don't know exactly what happened. It was something in the drive train I think. Mechanical failures are not a common thing for Robert Yates Racing and I just hope we can figure out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. I feel bad for this whole team. We worked real hard to get this car back to where we were competitive and we went from a 30th place car to a top-10 car. I also hate it for DJ and those boys being involved in a wreck. It just wasn't a good day."

Matt Kenseth won the race with a 12 second lead on runner up Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sadler and Co., will head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway where they set a blistering pace in a test session last week.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Shawn Parker , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing