Wood recaps season, Sadler seeks thrill ride

STUART, Va. (September 20, 2000 ) -- Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers Racing Team have not had the season they'd planned for when the 2000 season rolled around. The team finished 24th in the standings in 1999, but currently rank 31st in the...

STUART, Va. (September 20, 2000 ) -- Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers Racing Team have not had the season they'd planned for when the 2000 season rolled around. The team finished 24th in the standings in 1999, but currently rank 31st in the Winston Cup Owner Standings.

According to team owner Eddie Wood, "It has been a trying year for us. If I sat down and looked back through the season I could point out about 5 races that spoiled our season. The bad thing about it is those were the 5 races when we had cars capable of running inside of the top-10. We've put all of that behind us and over the last month we've had more consistent runs, with the exception of Richmond when we were caught up in a wreck. Dover, Charlotte and Atlanta are all tracks where Elliott likes to race and we've had a good track record at those places too."

Has the new Roush Alliance helped the Wood Brothers Team? "Absolutely," remarked Wood. "Our plans were to launch the Alliance in 2001 but the relationship progressed faster than we expected so we've ended up with a few cars for this year. We ran one at Talladega and Richmond and chances are we'll run the third one at Charlotte. The cars have been very consistent and according to Elliott, very responsive. We've qualified well in the Roush cars and that's a big part of where we were missing the mark. It's almost like we've been able to get a jumpstart on next year. I'm optimistic the fans will see a big step forward by our team for the remainder of this year."

This week focus shifts to the fast, high-banked "Monster Mile" in Dover, Delaware. Sophomore Winston Cup driver Elliott Sadler compared Dover to an all day trip at the amusement park.

"The track is fast and if you're gonna qualify well the car has to be completely on the edge," stated Sadler. "When the cars dive off into the corners it's like a thrill ride on a roller coaster. I can feel my stomach up in my throat and for me that's an awesome feeling. I guess it's a good thing I like amusement parks."

At This Race in Wood Brothers History: The Wood Brothers won their first three races at Dover Downs Speedway. The first win came in their first attempt in 1972 with driver David Pearson. Pearson won the next two races from the pole at the "Monster Mile".

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler , David Pearson
Teams Wood Brothers Racing