ELLIOTT SADLER -90-CitiFinancial Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) Press conference TALK ABOUT YOUR EVENING, AND DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR NEWMAN? "Ryan was very good. We had an up-and-down night. We had a great race car, of course. I ran over...
-90-CitiFinancial Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
TALK ABOUT YOUR EVENING, AND DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR NEWMAN?
"Ryan was very good. We had an up-and-down night. We had a great race car, of course. I ran over some debris when the 48 blew a tire, we blew a tire and then I hit a tire on pit road and really dented in my front end, so we had to take all of the tape off of the front of the grille and we taped up some holes on the right front and they kind of came undone, so we had a tough night. To finish second, I'm very, very happy with it. It was a very wild race, but I agree with Paul (Menard) on one thing, the top groove did open up and allow us to make some moves on each other and where we can race a little bit. That helped, but it's still a very, very fast race track and things are happening quick and I think that's why you saw a little bit of wrecks tonight because guys are not realizing how fast the guys behind them are catching them and they're getting themselves in a little bit of trouble."
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR TOMORROW NIGHT, AND HOW DO YOU ADJUST THINGS?
"I learned a lot tonight as far as racing the top groove or the bottom groove, where you need to be good at, where you can kind of give up some time if you need to tomorrow night. I think Tony learned a lesson tonight racing on the inside of Ryan. Turn 3 has been pretty slick all night long. I think we just learned that clean air is your friend, whether you're going to do it with two tires or gas only. The people that are going to stay in the top two or three cars for most of the night are going to have the best chance at winning the race. It seemed like the top two or three guys could get away from the rest of the pack because it is so fast, and you can get bottled up big-time behind a couple cars in the back, and like I said, some guys can be catching other people so fast that you get bottled up a lot. That's where a lot of the accidents are happening. What we learned tonight as a team is that we're going to do whatever it takes to stay at the front of the field, whether we have to put two tires on every time. We're going to do stuff like that to try to make that happen."
DID YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE RIGHT-REAR TIRE BLISTERING, AND DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY PROBLEMS FOR TOMORROW?
"We didn't have any tire problems tonight, but there are so many factors that go into that: camber, tire pressure, inner liner pressure and things like that. I was questioning my team every time we took a set of tires off, 'Give me a wear. What do they look like? How hard can I go.' Especially after the 21 blew a tire going into turn, I asked them again, 'Look, we don't have many laps left. What do my tires look like?' We had absolutely no tire problems at all, so my guys were obviously pretty safe on the camber and stuff like that, and my Cup car is pretty much set up the same way, so hopefully we'll be OK tomorrow night, too."
"We're not lifting much, and I don't know if Paul is telling you the truth because when I was behind him in 1 and 2, I was lifting just a little bit and he was killing me. I don't know if he's telling you the truth (about not lifting)."