BUSCH: Darlington Elliott Sadler Preview

ELLIOTT SADLER DARLINGTON RACEWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES NOTES Elliott Sadler and the Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team will return to Darlington Raceway for the second NASCAR Busch Series event at the 1.366-mile oval in 1998. During the spring...

ELLIOTT SADLER DARLINGTON RACEWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES NOTES

Elliott Sadler and the Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team will return to Darlington Raceway for the second NASCAR Busch Series event at the 1.366-mile oval in 1998. During the spring event, Sadler posted his first top-five finish of 1998. He followed that event with two more top-five finishes including a win at Bristol and a second-place finish at Texas.

"We just were able to put together a string of real good finishes there at the end of March and first of April," Sadler recalled. "It's not that we weren't running good before those three races, we had just had some real bad luck. It's kind of odd to think that Darlington is a track where you can turn your luck around because it is such a tough race track. But, it worked for us there in the spring so we are hoping that it will work for us again this time around."

Sadler posted his first top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway during the 1997 fall race. The Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team spent a few days testing at Darlington Raceway in mid-August. Sadler hopes that the information gathered during that test session will help the No. 66 team the series' self- proclaimed toughest track.

"Darlington is a tough race track, but it's one I like," Sadler said. "It's a track that I haven't had a whole lot of experience on, but I think we learned a lot when we were testing. The spring race was our second time racing there since they switched the start/finish line. We've been pretty good at Darlington since they made the change, finishing fifth in the spring and 10th last fall. We still have more to learn, but we are definitely going back to Darlington hoping to either better our fifth-place finish from the spring race or at least repeat it."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elliott Sadler