Richmond II: Sadler - Dodge Friday interview

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE FOR THE CHASE GUYS? "Oh yeah, it's going to be an exciting weekend. You've got 11 guys going for 10 spots, 11 good race teams. I know they're feeling the pressure.

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE FOR THE CHASE GUYS? "Oh yeah, it's going to be an exciting weekend. You've got 11 guys going for 10 spots, 11 good race teams. I know they're feeling the pressure. Any little mistake is going to cost them dearly. I think it's going to be a good race, a tough race and the fans have got a lot to be excited about."

HOW HAS KASEY KAHNE BEEN AROUND THE SHOP? "I think he's been fine. I think he knows what he has to do. I don't think the pressure is on him. I think coming out leading the most laps and winning at California last week, he's run very well at Richmond the last couple of times he's been here. I think Kasey is ready to come here and do the job and he's going to put the pressure on somebody else. I know us as a team and Evernham Motorsports has done everything we can to give him a great chance to make The Chase. Hopefully after 400 laps here Saturday night he's going to be in it."

DO YOU THINK THEY NEED TO CHANGE THE CHASE? "No, I like it like it is. You work so hard to win these races. This is not like normal stick and ball sports where you have one winner and one loser. We have one winner and 42 losers so why not give the winner more points. I think that's something they need to look at."

WOULD YOU CHANGE RACES IN THE CHASE? "I think I would put Bristol in it. That's such an exciting race, and it's a night race. I would take Talladega out and put Daytona as the last race of the season. I think that would be cool. We put so much emphasis on Daytona every time we go, so it would be neat to end our season at Daytona."

TALK ABOUT BEING WITH EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS? "I'm very happy with it. We've run well. We were very fast at Bristol and California. I think our communication level is getting better and better every week. Scott (Riggs) and I come from the same background. We pretty much speak the same language. Kasey and I get along really well. So far, so good. Everyboby at Evernham's wants to do whatever it takes to win the championship. They're really prepared for the future, and I've been very excited to be over here."

TO WHAT EXTENT WOULD YOU GO TO HELP KASEY? "What we've been doing is our team is trying different setups. You only get two hours worth of practice, so we're going to try some different stuff that might help my car or his car. If it does that then they can transfer it over. Whatever we can do as teammates to try things and make sure when they get the green flag Saturday night we've got the best possible setup we can in the car to get him in The Chase. Then we'll just let him and his team battle it out with everybody else."

HOW WILL YOU HELP KASEY ON THE TRACK? "I want to keep up with him. Last week at California when I was leading I asked the guys, I knew Kasey was catching me and I asked how close he was to leading the most laps. That's what Scott and I want to do. We want to see one of the Evernham cars in The Chase. I think that's important for our company, so we'll do what we can do to help him."

DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE TO WIN? "I don't doubt my ability at all. I think I can still drive a racecar. To come out of the box and run as well as we have so far, it's been absolutely amazing. Everyone at Dodge has been great to work with and all of the partners. We'll see what happens, but I think we're going to win races with them. We had a good chance to win at Bristol. We could have finished second or third at California to Kasey. We have got a good race team. We've just got to build on it."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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