Texas II: Pole winner interview

Elliott Sadler captured his eighth career NSCS pole and his first at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first since grabbing the pole at Talladega in 2006 and was just .1 away from a track record speed. ELLIOTT SADLER , driver No. 19 Stanley Ford...

Elliott Sadler captured his eighth career NSCS pole and his first at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first since grabbing the pole at Talladega in 2006 and was just .1 away from a track record speed.

ELLIOTT SADLER , driver No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"It was a great lap. I am so proud of my race team. I told these guys a little while ago that today was the first day of our new lives. To be able to come out here and sit on the pole is great. Someone told me it was the fastest lap turned in 2010. It gave me a pole in all three series this year, which I think is pretty awesome and it is the fastest lap turned since 1999 at Talladega. A lot of cool things happened today. I am proud of my guys for getting this car here this weekend. I can sit here and say a lot of things about myself, but Todd Parrott is the man. He has turned our program around so much. He has given me really good race cars and this is the same car that qualified second at California. We knew it could be fast, but it is really neat to get the pole."

DID THAT FORTUNE COOKIE ALSO SAY P1?

"No, it did not mention specific position. It is cool to be on the front row for the truck race tonight and with Stanley. It is special to me because Stanley has been a big supporter of mine the last couple of years. They have over 300 people coming in for Sunday's race and it is their biggest weekend of the year, so for me to be able to give them a pole is special to me. Today has been a good day to be an Elliott Sadler kind of guy today. It has been neat. I am glad my wife and my kid are here. It has been awesome."

THIS WHOLE WEEK, WITH WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON AT RPM AND THE TURMOIL, AND YOUR PERSONAL STUFF GOING ON FOR NEXT YEAR, GIVEN ALL OF THAT WHAT DOES IT SAY THAT YOUR TEAM CAN COME HERE THIS WEEKEND AND PRODUCE LIKE THIS?

"That is a good point. We keep talking about all the stuff going on at RPM, honestly I talk to Todd Parrott every day and we talk about the race car and what we are going to do to it and things like that. I stay out of the business side of it. For my guys to show up and give me a car like they have this weekend shows a lot about the race shop guys that I have at the 19 shop. My phone has been ringing off the hook since qualifying is over from my guys. I know I have said this name before, but I am telling you, Todd Parrott is doing an amazing job. A lot of people forget that he has won a championship before and has like 40 Cup wins. He has done a great job preparing my cars. It showed today. We showed up and we were fast right off the truck."

DID YOU GET INSPIRATION LOOKING AT THE PICTURE OF THE WIN ON THE WALL AND DID IT REMIND YOU OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE, WHAT YOUR POTENTIAL IS AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT TODD THAT MAKES HIM SUCH A GOOD LEADER?

"It is funny you bring that up because I got in my truck yesterday for practice and Ernie Coke was my crew chief, and he will be my crew chief last year, and we unloaded okay and kept getting better and better. He looked me in the eyes and told me that if I keep communicating like this that we are going to win a bunch of races next year. He told me to keep giving that feedback and told me that 'You remind me of that Elliott Sadler I used to know at Yates.' We came into the media center last night after qualifying and I saw a picture on the wall and thought, 'You know what, we can still do this.' I didn't sleep much last night because I was so excited about today. Todd brought my favorite car here and it was his idea. We had another one slated for here and he changed it and made some improvements to it. What I like about Todd is his focus, his drive and his emotion. He is good with me mentally and knows how to keep me up on the wheel. His attention to detail is second to none. With these cars that is very important because we are in such a tight box with these NASCAR rules. He definitely does not get nowhere near the credit he deserves. He does more with less than most crew chiefs do. He has really put some great effort in the last few weeks. The car drove itself, it did a good job."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler