Sadler Gives Ford Second Straight Win and Fourth Triumph of 2004 * Elliott Sadler followed up Kurt Busch's win in last week's Food City 500 at Bristol with the second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win of his career here at Texas. Sadler's ...
Sadler Gives Ford Second Straight Win and Fourth Triumph of 2004
* Elliott Sadler followed up Kurt Busch's win in last week's Food City 500 at Bristol with the second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win of his career here at Texas. Sadler's previous series victory came at Bristol when he drove for the Wood Brothers in 2001.
* Ford now has a series high for wins in 2004 while Chevrolet is second with three. Dodge is still looking for its first victory of the season.
* Sadler's victory was the first for car owner Robert Yates since Dale Jarrett won the Subway 400 at Rockingham on Feb. 23, 2003. Roush Racing had registered the last nine Ford Cup wins.
* The win was Ford's 548th all-time series victory - most among manufacturers -- and the 78th for Taurus.
* Ford has now won five of the eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events here at Texas Motor Speedway. Sadler also became the eighth different driver to take the checkered flag at Texas in eight series races.
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus
"We had a great race car all day today. We started 19th and easily moved up through the field. I think the tale of the tape was when the late caution happened and the 24 and I had stayed out and got great track position. It was a great call on Todd's part to stretch the fuel as much as we could. Clean air is such a very important part of running good here at Texas because it's such a fast track and it just worked out good for us. They got us a good pit stop. Due to the 24's misfortune got us out in clean air and I was coaching Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as much as I could to hold the 9 off as long as he could because I knew he would be coming and once he got around, boy, he started making up a lot of time. I was trying to hit my marks and go as fast as I can and I was just lucky enough to hold him off. I probably messed up in turns three and four more than I should. He shouldn't even have gotten beside me, but I was so focused on the 30 car because I didn't know what in the world he was doing racing the leaders like he was and I was so focused on him that I really forgot about the 9 car. I almost lost the race doing that, so that's something I'll always keep in the back of my head. I was lucky enough that Eddie Gossage and the guys had the start-finish line closer to turn four than to turn one and I was able to win."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 31st)
"First of all, I've got to apologize to Ward Burton. I got under him coming off the corner. I don't know if he knew I was there, but he didn't really leave me a lot of room. He kept me pinched down and took the air off me and I got a little loose and got up into him. But the car was really good today. It's unfortunate. Two engines in two days here at Texas. It's really tough. We had a top six at least because I was catching the 20. I had the 20 and I had a few others, but it's unfortunate we lost track position like that. The guys are working real hard, but that's just the way it goes. That's racin'."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 6th)
"It's a good consistent run for us. We were working on the car all day and it just got better and better as we progressed. The last set of tires was a scuffed set and that helped us. As the season progresses we'll see where we are in points. It's great to be the points leader and it's great to have a good finish for Irwin, but we've got to be able to attack in those last 10 races and so far we've done a good job with consistency."
HOW HARD WAS IT TO PASS? "It was tough in certain aspects, but if you had a good set of tires or if you had a car that would run on the long run, you could make time on the top or just wear the guys out."
ARE YOU GETTING A FEEL FOR THE TIRE? "We've got some good ideas. We're gonna take this off week and we might go test somewhere just to go play around and understand a few more things. We've got a couple of tough tracks coming up that can shake up the points real easy with Martinsville and Talladega. We've just got to get through them and then we'll go to California where we know we've got a good car."
A GOOD TIME FOR AN OFF WEEK? "It's a happy time. I wish the guys a Happy Easter and take a week off. We'll come back next week and do the same thing again."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE THE POINTS LEAD? "It's a new aspect. I was once a Winston Cup points leader for a race and now I'm a Nextel Cup points leader, but it's not at the right time. We've got to keep working and make sure that we're there when it counts."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 16th)
"It was just a tough day. We didn't run very good and just about got lapped there. We did get lapped, but the next time under green we pitted early and then got caught and lost two laps over that deal. We just never could get it back and we just didn't run good. We had our setup too far off. We just have to do our homework and figure out what we're missing."
WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL DID THAT DO MAJOR DAMAGE? "It didn't do any major damage. At the end of the race we were running as good as the guys in front of us, but it didn't help anything either."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 18th)
WHAT ABOUT ELLIOTT IN VICTORY LANE? "That's pretty exciting. He's always said that this is probably his favorite race track and he's always done well here. He came here and had a really good test and you could tell he was excited about the weekend. Everything seemed to work good for him. I couldn't be happier for Elliott. He's got a lot of talent and he's a really good kid. He's deserving of a lot more victories. Todd and those guys worked really hard and they've worked well together. I'm really happy for Todd that he was able to get back and get back where he belongs as a crew chief in victory lane."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAY? "The car just pushed off the corner all day. The whole weekend we couldn't get this car into the corner and in trying to get it into the corner, we got it too tight off the corner that it just killed it. We kept adjusting and a few times we made it better, but in the end it just wasn't very good. It just wasn't our day."