Sadler Finds Speed at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 12, 1998) After three days of extensive testing at Darlington Raceway, Elliott Sadler finally found the speed he was searching for Wednesday, preparing to make his Darlington NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the Sunday, Sept. 6...

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 12, 1998) After three days of extensive testing at Darlington Raceway, Elliott Sadler finally found the speed he was searching for Wednesday, preparing to make his Darlington NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the Sunday, Sept. 6 Pepsi Southern 500.

Sadler, a regular in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, who will also compete in the Dura-Lube 200 Presented by Bi-Lo on Saturday, Sept. 5, gained over a full second on the stopwatch Wednesday from his best effort Monday. His Wednesday speed of 166.698 mph far exceeded Monday's 160.705 mph in the Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet he tested.

"It was like hunting for buried treasure, but we finally found some speed with this Winston Cup car," said Sadler, who won the Bud Pole position for Darlington's 1997 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NBS race. "I love driving this track. It's my favorite, but I was getting a little discouraged.

"I've definitely found out that you need to make laps here in the Cup car. The cars are faster and you have to change your entire thinking about how to drive the place. I can't wait to come back."

Testing continues for the Labor Day weekend classic events next week with Dale Jarrett, who won the TranSouth Financial 400 earlier this year at Darlington. Both Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton, along with South Carolina's own Lyndon Amick, return to test the following week.

Bud Pole Qualifying for both the Pepsi Southern 500 and Dura-Lube 200 is set for Friday, Sept. 4.

For ticket information to both the Dura-Lube 200 Presented by Bi-Lo and the Pepsi Southern 500, which could award a $1 million bonus to Dale Earnhardt, Mike Skinner, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte or Mark Martin, through the Winston "No Bull 5" bonus program; call the raceway at (843) 395-8499.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Mike Skinner , Lyndon Amick , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin