Talladega: Ford - Sadler qualifying press conference

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd) HOW WAS YOUR RUN? "It was the same as Kevin. Going out pretty early, we didn't really know what to expect, but I think he hit it right on the head - the track might have slowed down a little...

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

HOW WAS YOUR RUN?

"It was the same as Kevin. Going out pretty early, we didn't really know what to expect, but I think he hit it right on the head - the track might have slowed down a little bit which was to our benefit. As far as the Yates program, Doug has made a big commitment to put a lot of full-time guys now on the speedway cars and speedway motors and this is our first race with that and it's definitely showed up. To qualify third, I think that's our fourth top-three start in the last five races, so our program is really doing a good job on the qualifying and, again here today, a brand new race car that had never seen the track until today. It's just been in the wind tunnel, but it was good right off the truck and I'm very proud of my guys for that."

IT SEEMED LIKE THE RHTHYM FOR QUALIFYING SLOWED DOWN AFTER YOU GUYS WENT OUT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

"I think Kevin hit it right on the head. The biggest thing when I went out we had more of a crosswind by the flags and I think when some of the weather was changing with the sun going in and out, it was giving you a little bit of tailwind down the back straightaway, but a lot of headwind on the front straightaway and that's a long front straightaway to go down trying to push some air around, so it was more of a crosswind when Kevin and I went out or some of the earlier cars like Jeremy and everybody. Maybe we had less air for our cars to push."

HOW DID YOUR TEAM DO IN TECH INSPECTION TODAY?

"First time through and no bondo work. We got a sticker and, actually, I think I was supposed to roll off twentysomething on the grid, but we got through so clean in the room of doom that I went out like eighth or ninth. I don't know. From our standpoint, it was OK for us."

IS QUALIFYING IMPORTANT HERE?

"It's probably less important here than anywhere, but I still think it's important to qualify up front as far as you get to pick some good pit areas. I think we're looking forward to that, where you've got some openings or some room to breathe in that deal especially because there are gonna be more pit stops this race - kind of like it was the last fall race. It always feels good to qualify up front and, I think if you use your head you can stay up there most of the day. With the runs being shortened down, you might not paint yourself in much of a corner as far as doing no tires or two tires or what have you. I do think qualifying up front everywhere has got to be some advantage or we wouldn't put this much emphasis on it."

WHAT ABOUT THE SPEEDS HERE. ARE THEY TOO SLOW AT 185 MILES AN HOUR? SHOULD THEY TRY TO GET AROUND 200 MPH?

"I don't think 15 miles an hour is gonna separate the packs. I think the cars are so close and so good anyway that I think you're gonna have to probably run 240-250 miles an hour if you want to separate the packs. This is the hand we're dealt and that's what we're gonna play with, but I don't think 15 miles an hour is gonna separate us that much at all."

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