Sadler fastest in Michigan Happy Hour

Sadler fastest in Michigan Happy Hour

Elliott Sadler turned in a fast lap of 187.125 miles per hour to pace the field during final practice session at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Elliott Sadler. Photo by Eric Gilbert. "We were really happy with the car,"...

Elliott Sadler turned in a fast lap of 187.125 miles per hour to pace the field during final practice session at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Elliott Sadler.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
"We were really happy with the car," Sadler said after Happy Hour. "It's a really good, balanced racecar. It runs good in traffic and we're really happy with it. I think it's going to be a good car for tomorrow."

Sadler qualified ninth for the Michigan 400 on Sunday (1:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX). He's looking to improve on a career-best 11th place finish at MIS in his rookie year.

"Our record here hasn't been too good," Sadler admitted. "I talked with my teammate (Dale Jarrett) yesterday and this morning about what my car should feel like in practice so that it will be good on Sunday. I found out that I wasn't really looking in the right direction for what my car should be like on Sunday. I've learned a lot here over the past two days."

Sadler has five top-10 finishes this season, including a win at Texas in April. He joins current points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the past two series champs -- Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart -- as the only drivers who have been in the top-10 all season.

"We're just trying not to beat ourselves," said Sadler, who also won one of the Twin-125 races at Daytona in February. "You race a lot differently with this points system. You're not chasing the leader all the time. Right now I'm really racing Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield and Jamie McMurray. You've got to race against those guys week in and week out to stay ahead of them and stay in the top-10 in points."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , Eric Gilbert , Elliott Sadler