ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "I think it was a pretty fun qualifying session with the speeds high and the weather was just right for it. Kurt went out early and laid down a great lap. It was our jobs to kind of go out...
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"I think it was a pretty fun qualifying session with the speeds high and the weather was just right for it. Kurt went out early and laid down a great lap. It was our jobs to kind of go out and chase him. We cut a good lap. The Dodge Charger drove good. I don't want it back. I've been trying to give the 19 bunch a pole this year. We've got two outside poles, but we just got beat by the 25. They did a great job. I'm very happy where we're starting. The car drove very well in race practice today. I'm looking forward to Sunday. This is my favorite track we come to and for some reason it fits my driving style and I can't wait to run 500 miles here."
ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT NASCAR MIGHT TRY TO SLOW YOU DOWN?
"I don't think they're going to look at doing anything like that. This is qualifying. This is a lot of tape on the cars, air pressures pumped up for one lap. Yes it is fast, and it's almost night time right now and the track is in almost perfect condition. There's not a lot of rubber on it, but by the time the trucks run tonight and the Busch cars run tomorrow and we have an hour and a half worth of practice tomorrow, we're going to slicken up the track a little bit. By the time you take the tape and stuff off we should be fine. We're going to be well under any kind of dangerous speeds or anything like that. I don't think you're going to see NASCAR mess with that any between now and Sunday."
COMMENT ON DRIVING A DODGE VERSUS A FORD
"I moved more for Evernham Motorsports and the love he has for this sport and things like that. When I got over there I was not surprised, but I felt really good about the hands-on Dodge itself has. The engineers it gives to each team and the support you get from that manufacturer has been overwhelming. It started out just for owners. I wanted to be a part of Evernham Motorsports. Once we got over there, I didn't realize how much emphasis Dodge puts into its racing programs. Whether we are Evernham or whether it's Penske or Ganassi, all the Dodge teams (receive it), and it's been fun racing like that. I've been in the same make of cars for eight years now, and this is my first few weeks into a Charger. It's a little bit different. The adjustments you ask for during the race are a little bit different. The car reacts a little bit different, but that's changes from track to track. It's like learning a different language. You've got to learn what you have and work with it the best way you can."
DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER TO GO FOR A WIN SINCE YOU'RE NOT IN THE CHASE?
"That's our goal every week we bring the 19 to the racetrack. We try to lead laps and win races. We're racing a little bit to stay in the top 35 in points before we go to Daytona, but I think that's every driver's dream and focus when he arrives at the racetrack and the same with the team. You want to do what you can to put yourself in position to win the race."
COMMENT ON THE BUMP AT TMS
"There's one bump in the whole racetrack and it's in turns one and two. It's the same as it was last year. I just think we're all running this stuff now that takes a little bit of the shock out of it, which makes the drivers feel warmer in the seat, but as far as redoing it, no. I think that's another character this racetrack has. The asphalt in the last three or four races is getting where you can race on it, so I don't think we need to mess with it. I think Eddie Gossage and his guys did a great job when we first came to keep messing with the track and made it where when we come here we can race two and three wide. You're going to see that Sunday. You're going to see two and three-wide racing up top and at the bottom, so I don't think one little bump should cause a problem."
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