ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd) PRESS CONFERENCE HOW WAS YOUR RUN? "I was very happy with that. Anytime you can get a good top 10 starting position in any of these races you've done a good job. To start third guarantees...
- No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
HOW WAS YOUR RUN? "I was very happy with that. Anytime you can get a good top 10 starting position in any of these races you've done a good job. To start third guarantees us a pit selection with an opening, either in front or behind, and that means a great deal to my pit crew coming in tomorrow. Track position is very important at this race track, we all know that, so to get a good starting position like that, the guys did a good job. They built me a new car. We brought it up here and tested it a couple of weeks ago and it seems to be paying off for us."
DID QUALIFYING THE BUSCH CAR IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE CUP CAR HELP? "It definitely doesn't hurt to go out there and make a run in your Busch car and then wait 30 minutes to go back out in your Cup car. You kind of got a feel for the track and you just ran a lap, so it's pretty much fresh in your head, especially if you run a good one like we both did in the Busch Series. So it's definitely not gonna hurt you."
HOW HARD IS IT ON THIS TRACK TO REMAIN PATIENT? "It's a tough race track. It's easy to under-drive it, I think. The tires hold so good and the bodies are so good. As far as racing here, we run a lot less gear this year than we've ever run here in the past, so I think it's gonna be very interesting trying to pass each other going into the turns. I know a lot of guys were having problems yesterday in practice going in side-by-side because the bottom lane is kind of a little bit off camber, so track position is gonna be very important. I think it magnifies at a track like this with no banking than what you'd say would be at Chicago last week. I think you're gonna see some different pit strategies on different teams to try to get up front and stay there with two tires and no tires and what have you. I think that's the advantage of qualifying good here, especially with this gear rule. It's gonna make it a little bit harder for passing, I think. You're gonna be a little bit harder on your brakes because the gear is not slowing you down, so all of those things are gonna contribute as far as trying to under-drive or over-drive, but you also might get your brakes too hot and then it will be really hard to pass people, I think."
DO YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE FROM LAST YEAR WITH THE SPOILER HEIGHT? "I think we'll know more about that tomorrow. We've seen a little bit of it. I've seen more cars a little bit loose under each other this year than anywhere else in practice yesterday, so we'll have to see what happens. We'll kind of pay attention during the Busch race as far as the characteristics of the track, but I think you're gonna see a little bit of difference tomorrow because of the gear rule and the spoiler change than what you saw last year as far as passing."