STUART, Va. (July 19, 2000) - This weekend Elliott Sadler returns to Pocono Raceway where he qualified 30th and finished 16th in the June race. Sadler admits the track presents unique challenges but believes he and the CITGO Ford are ready for...
STUART, Va. (July 19, 2000) - This weekend Elliott Sadler returns to Pocono Raceway where he qualified 30th and finished 16th in the June race. Sadler admits the track presents unique challenges but believes he and the CITGO Ford are ready for battle.
According to Sadler, "The race track at Pocono is a big challenge for me and most of the other drivers agree its one of toughest races on the schedule. It's fast and each corner requires a different setup so you have to try to have the setup perfect for 2 of the 3 corners."
What did Sadler learn from the June outing at Pocono? "Our handling was good at last month's race at Pocono but we were a little off on our gear selection," stated Sadler. "We're going back this time with a better idea of what we want to run and it should pay off for us on race day. We'll be disappointed if we don't finish in the top-15 this weekend."
Team News: Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers Racing Team spent the week leading into the Pennsylvania 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway preparing for the upcoming Brickyard 400. The team posted the 5th fastest time in Monday's Ford test session at a speed of 179 miles per hour and a lap time of 50.227 seconds. The team shifted their focus to race setup on Tuesday and were equally pleased with the "race-ready" results.
"It was a good test for us," according to Len Wood. "Elliott really likes the track and we're satisfied with the cars we brought to test. Last year we qualified 13th and finished 21st. We're gonna try and top those results when we race at the Brickyard next month."
At This Race in Wood Brothers History: The Wood Brothers first win at Pocono came in 1975 with driver David Pearson. Pearson won the Purolator 500 after starting the race from the outside pole position. The Wood Brothers and Pearson won a purse of $15,225.