Wood Brothers look to end drought in desert at Phoenix

STUART, Va. (November 1, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 21 CITGO Racing Team were pleased to have the weekend off before heading West to Phoenix, Arizona. The team has undergone many changes over the past month with the intentions of...

STUART, Va. (November 1, 2000) -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 21 CITGO Racing Team were pleased to have the weekend off before heading West to Phoenix, Arizona. The team has undergone many changes over the past month with the intentions of producing better on-track results. According to team owner Eddie Wood, the personnel changes have left the team enough time to use the last three races of the 2000 season as their building blocks for next season. Elliott Sadler agrees.

According to Sadler, "I want to win races. Every driver at the Winston Cup level has proven he can drive racecars. The drivers in Winston Cup have won lots of races and championships in other divisions. That's what it takes to get to this level. This is a young race team and we've undergone some changes recently and we believe everything that's happened will make this team better in the long run.

"The split between Mike (Beam) and the team was mutual. We've added a couple of guys to the team over the past few weeks and Rockingham was a big test for us. We had a solid run and given the things we had to overcome we definitely brought a lot of positive things from the weekend. We came along way from Friday to Sunday and hopefully we'll take the momentum with us this weekend."

Sadler enjoys competing west of the Mississippi River and is excited about the new NASCAR fans as a result of the expansion in markets.

"We head out West a lot more now than the series did even a few years back," stated Sadler. "It's great to see how many fans we have on the West Coast and the fan base gets bigger and bigger every year. New tracks are popping up in big markets and NASCAR intends on taking advantage of them.

"I wouldn't mind going to some of the tracks out West more than once but it's really tough on the crews and the transporter drivers. It's a three-day trip to the West Coast and three days to get back home. That doesn't leave them much free time for them because we usually have another race the next weekend. The schedule is hectic but the fans want to see races and that's what NASCAR is going to give them."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler