Michigan II: Elliott Sadler - Ford interview

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Taurus, will be making the 200th start of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career when the green flag falls in tomorrow's race. Sadler spoke about the milestone between practice sessions on ...

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M's Taurus, will be making the 200th start of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career when the green flag falls in tomorrow's race. Sadler spoke about the milestone between practice sessions on Saturday.

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus

IS 200 JUST A NUMBER TO YOU OR IS IT A MILESTONE? "It's pretty cool, but it kind of tells my age, too. That's kind of how I'm looking at it like, 'Wow, it's been 200 starts already.' It seems just like yesterday when I was buckling in the 21 car for the first time, so time flies. It's been a tough couple of years. I think this is my sixth year and there has been some good and been some bad, but it's pretty cool. Not many people can say they've had 200 starts in NASCAR and, hopefully, I'll be able to talk to you a couple of years from now about my 400th start. That's kind of a goal of mine."

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GUYS LIKE RICKY RUDD OR TERRY LABONTE WHO HAVE OVER 800 STARTS? "I hope I don't have to have 800 starts. That's a lot of gentlemen start your engines, that's a lot of nerves every week, and that's a lot of racing and miles to run around in circles. I don't know, I haven't gotten that far yet. I really hope I can just try to make it to 300 or 400 and then when I get to that point and see what I've done, then I'll worry about going on from there. But I can't think of a better year or a better track right now to have my 200th start. We're having a great season and we've got a really good chance of winning this race on my 200th start and that would be cool."

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE DIRECTION YOUR CAREER HAS GONE IN THESE 200 STARTS? "I definitely think I'm on the right path now. I feel like I'm with the right team. I've got a great sponsor and great owners and I want to be a part of this deal a long time. I would not give up anything that I've learned in the past over my 200 starts. I learned so much from Eddie and Len Wood about racing on and off the race track and about NASCAR. They helped me get to the position where I'm at today, so I wouldn't give up any of my learning experiences. Whether they were good or bad, they all make you a better person or shape you as a person. You've got to learn from your experiences on and off the track and I feel like I've done that and I'm ready to move on."

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