SADLER RETURNS TO TEXAS LOOKING FOR REPEAT CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11, 2005) -- For many, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'SÂ® Racing Team were the surprise story of 2004. Not only did the team qualify for the inaugural Chase for the Championship but...
SADLER RETURNS TO TEXAS LOOKING FOR REPEAT
CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11, 2005) -- For many, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S® Racing Team were the surprise story of 2004. Not only did the team qualify for the inaugural Chase for the Championship but Sadler stayed in the top-10 for the entire season, scoring three victories in his second season driving for Robert Yates Racing.
Move forward to 2005. With nearly a fourth of the races complete in the 26 race run to the Chase, Sadler is ahead of the last season's pace answering many questions as to whether the team is capable of repeating their prior success. Entering the seventh race of the season, Sadler who currently sits third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, is six positions higher than at this time last season. The Virginia native has also posted more top-10 finishes and his first pole position since 2002.
This weekend the Series moves to Texas Motor Speedway where Sadler is the defending race champion. Very outspoken to the fact that Texas is one of his favorite stops on the circuit, Sadler looks to become the first repeat winner in the track's history as well as the only driver to win back-to-back events.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
On the win last year at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS)--
"The win last year at Texas was my second in the Cup Series. All wins are special but we'd been waiting for that second win for a long time. When I came to Robert Yates Racing, this is what I wanted to do was to win races and run for Championships. So to go to your favorite track and get your first win at RYR, the first win for our sponsor M&M'S in 13 years, it means a lot."
"The win at Texas last season just came at the right time. It was like a spring board for us when you look at making the Chase. We stayed in the top-10 all season but that win helped to solidify our position as a contender. We're off to a little better start this year. We're higher in the points, have got another top-10 than we did at this time last year. We've still got some work to do as a team but we're not making any mistakes and we're solid each and every week we come to the track."
On why TMS is his favorite track--
"Certain things just feel good to you. From the first lap I made in the race track in 1997, 'I was like, wow, I love this racetrack. It fits my driving style.' I sat on the front row in the Busch car the first two times that I came here and ran very well. Then in the Cup car, I got my first ever top-10 finish as a Cup driver."
"There are certain tracks that as a driver you adapt to easier than others. I know that I can come here to Texas and figure at a way to make my car very fast and very efficient. Yes, we won the race here last year but Texas was by far my favorite track long before I ever won. I told everyone before I ran my first Cup race that my first win would be at either Bristol or Texas and my first came at Bristol and my second win came at Texas. You know as a driver the kind of game that you have at a certain track."
On the fans in Texas--
"The fans at Texas are second to none. We have more people here on Fridays for qualifying than many tracks have for the races on Sundays. I mean to have eighty or ninety thousand fans come out for to see just one lap in qualifying is amazing. They are proud to have us here in their backyard and they are very welcoming. Eddie (Gossage) and his team do such a great job. Everything that we've asked this track to do to make it better racing for the fans, they've done it. They deserved their second race date and I'm thrilled to see them to get one."