SADLER LOOKS TO SCORE CAREER FIRST TOP-10 AT THE GLEN CHARLOTTE, NC (August 9, 2005) -- Out of the 23 tracks the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series visits, Elliott Sadler has posted a top-10 finish at all except one -- Watkins Glen International....
SADLER LOOKS TO SCORE CAREER FIRST TOP-10 AT THE GLEN
CHARLOTTE, NC (August 9, 2005) -- Out of the 23 tracks the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series visits, Elliott Sadler has posted a top-10 finish at all except one -- Watkins Glen International. Earlier this season, Sadler marked Richmond off that list by scoring his first top-10 at the short track in May. This weekend he would like to close the books on the stat by finishing tenth or better at The Glen.
With five races left to the Chase, Sadler sits 12th in the point standings marking only the third time in 57 races he has been outside the top-10. Just 24 points back from the cutoff, Sadler and his M&M'S Team look to the next five tracks as a season within itself in their bid to return to the Chase.
In a sport with a "What have you done for me lately" attitude, statisticians can throw average finishes out the window. Sadler's last two finishes at The Glen have each been 15th but the remaining four tracks have been excellent for Sadler in the past year. The Virginia native posted a top-10 in June at Michigan, a runner-up finish at Bristol in April, is the defending champion at California and clinched a top-five effort earlier this season in Richmond.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
"We've got no room for errors over the next five races. It's really that simple. Right now we've got some ground to make up so we've got to hit all of marks as a team and hope that we can perform better the guys in front of us. We've tested at Watkins Glen and we're going to try and qualify for the Busch race there as well so I can get a little extra seat time before Sunday."
"Watkins Glen, as far as a road course goes, suits my style a little better than Sonoma. It's faster than Sonoma but you still have to be 100 percent focused at all times. It's a road course and you can't afford to make a single mistake because track position is so important. We saw that in Sonoma. Todd and Billy (Wilburn) worked together and made some great calls at the end of that race to try and make it on fuel mileage. Dale and I finished fifth and sixth and came out of Sonoma with great finishes."
"For my team, everything is reversed this weekend for the pit crew so they'll work on that before we head up there. I think everyone who watched the broadcast on Sunday saw what our pit crew is capable of. I've got one of the best on pit road and I'm really glad they got the recognition they deserve on Sunday. Andy (Ward, pit crew coach) does a great job with those guys every week and I know he'll have them prepared for this weekend."
NOTES OF INTEREST--
* Yates Drivers Do Double Duty at the Glen: Elliott Sadler tested at Watkins Glen on Monday and Tuesday prior to the Brickyard during the open test dates held by the track. For the first time in 2005, both Robert Yates Racing teammates, Sadler and Dale Jarrett, will attempt to run double duty participating in the Busch and Cup Series events at The Glen. Jarrett will attempt to qualify the #90 CitiFinancial Ford while Sadler tries his hand at the #08 RYR Ford.
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