Texas: Sadler - Dodge Friday interview

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON RUNNING AT TMS "I love this place, ever since the first lap I took on it in 1997 in a test down here. It fits my driving style. I like it. It's definitely one of my favorite...

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON RUNNING AT TMS "I love this place, ever since the first lap I took on it in 1997 in a test down here. It fits my driving style. I like it. It's definitely one of my favorite tracks. I've always run pretty well here, qualified well. Certain tracks fit your driving style and this definitely fits mine. I love coming here. It's a great race track. A lot of people, a lot of excitement. It's just a fun place to race. It's so much different than Charlotte the way it's shaped. I know it might look the same on paper, but the banking is a lot different and the transitions are a lot different. The straightaways seem to be shorter and the turns longer than Charlotte. It's just a different racetrack. It's different than Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas, a lot of the other mile and a half tracks. It's its own entity and has its own characteristics and I just enjoy driving here. I know exactly how I want my car to feel Friday and Saturday to be competitive on Sunday."

COMMENT ON YOUR 14TH-PLACE RANKING "I feel like as a team where we're sitting in the points right now we have no reason to hit the panic button or worry about anything. We've been through a lot this year. It's four first year working together and with the penalties and missing Josh (Team Director Browne) for a couple of weeks and the new COT and having a problem at Bristol running second. For the problems we've had to be only 11 points out of 12th we're in great shape. We think we're going to get better. We're learning a lot about the COT car and we're going to get our mile and a half program better. We're coming up on some good tracks for me and we've got some great opportunities to make up some points and get in the top 10."

ARE YOU GLAD TO BE BACK IN THE CHARGER THIS WEEK? "I am very glad to be back in the Charger. I really like the racecar we have right now. We feel like we can race harder and closer, and I'm just glad to be back in it. We'll give the COT a break a little bit and give my guys a chance to make some better preparations for Phoenix and Richmond. We'll come back and be strong there, but it's good to be back in a racecar that I've grown up and raced in for nine years. We think we've learned some things about the COT. We're not where we need to be yet, but we think we've made some gains with it from Martinsville. We were all very competitive with it at Bristol. We think we found out at Richmond why we weren't competitive with it at Martinsville, so we're making the necessary changes. We're going to try some new stuff at Phoenix and we hope we have a good weekend there. My guys have been working hard on it, and we're not going to give up by any means. We're going to keep plugging away with the COT because half the races in The Chase involve that car."

ONLY 20 RACES LEFT TO MAKE THE CHASE "We're six in with 20 left. A lot of great teams are in the top 12 and a lot of great teams have to still make their way in. You've only got so many pieces of the pie, so you've got to come every week prepared to do the best you can and get as many points as you can because you're racing a lot of great race teams that are going to get a lot of points every week. We've got to be one of those race teams. We've got to take what the track gives us each and every Sunday and get maximum points and move on to the next week. We're only going to do this 20 more times and 20 might sound like a lot but September will be here before you know it."

ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET? "I'm having a great time. I've had a ball this year. We've had some good weekends and we've had some bad weekends. I love my team. We've got a lot of great guys there that believe in me. I believe in them, and we think we're going to get better as a team the more Josh and I work together. I think everything is good. I wish my teammates had gotten off to a little better start. They're struggling a little bit as far as luck is concerned, not as far as speed is concerned. Their season is not over with, either. I've still got to do my job as a teammate. We're going to help each other as much as we can, and we're all pulling for each other. I think if Scott and Kasey put three or four good runs together and get some momentum going they can get their season turned around and get back in this thing also. Kasey had a great start last year and not so much this year. I'm sure it's worrying him a little bit, but he's doing a great job as a driver. He's the leader of that team and he's staying focused. Those guys have put themselves in a hole, but he knows he has the talent to get back in the top 12. He knows his team has the talent. They're not panicking at all. They want to be on the right side of the luck one time as far as finishes are concerned. They know they've got the team, they know they've got the team in place. You can see that as far as Kasey is concerned. We've definitely got great engines each and every week. Kasey knows they've got a great team and can make it happen, ,so I don't see him worrying. He's a cool customer. They had a couple of bad finishes last year before The Chase. They didn't panic at all. They knew what they had to do and they went and did it. They made The Chase. I think I'm seeing the same attitude this year."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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