BUSCH: Darlington Thursday notes

DURA-LUBE 200 PRESENTED BY PEP BOYS NOTES HERMIE SADLER (No. 1 DeWalt Industrial Tools Chevrolet) -- It's been a rough year but last year wasn't too good for me either! It seems like we were snake-bitten and couldn't get things to go right....

DURA-LUBE 200 PRESENTED BY PEP BOYS NOTES

HERMIE SADLER (No. 1 DeWalt Industrial Tools Chevrolet) -- It's been a rough year but last year wasn't too good for me either! It seems like we were snake-bitten and couldn't get things to go right. When we had good race cars with chances to win something would break or I'd have an accident or something... It's been the same way this year. We've made improvements and we've run better this year than we have in the past. You can't control everything. All we can do is keep digging and hopefully when our luck does change we'll be in a position to take advantage of it. (WHAT KIND OF IMPACT HAS CREW CHIEF JOHN MONSAM HAD ON THE TEAM?) He's made more of an improvement than people are seeing because of our finishes. I judge more by how we're running on the race track. We went to Daytona and we were in the top 10 when we crashed. We went to Rockingham and lost two laps early but made one of those up and had a top five or six car. At Richmond we blew up right at the beginning of the race and at Atlanta we broke a shock. Last weekend at Nashville we were looking at a top 10 until we were involved in a crash. We haven't had a chance to show how much improvement we've made but I know how well I feel in the cars and how much more comfortable I've been than I have been in the past. We're communicating together real good. We are both after the same things and have the same feelings about some things. It's been a good combination for us and I hope it eventually shows up on the race track so people can realize what a good job both he and the rest of the team have been doing. We had a chance to win right out of the box in our first race together at Homestead (last season). He's a good organizer and he's tried to do a good job of getting everybody at the shop involved. It's frustrating but like I said after Homestead, when we crashed we were running up front. That means as much to me as anything else. (CAN HE TURN SEASON AROUND AT DARLINGTON?) I've sat on the outside of the front row here and run good here before. They tell me sometimes your luck turns around when you least expect it. I've only finished in the top 10 here one time. Maybe this is the time. I'd love to win five races in a row, being greedy, but what we need right now is to get some consistency going, finish some races and get some top fives and top 10s and get our season turned around. If we run up front long enough we'll win some races. The key to winning races in this series is to run in the top five and top 10 consistently. If you don't lead a lap until there's 50 laps to go you can still win the race. We've got to give ourselves more chances to win. The car we'll race here is a brand new car we ran at Rockingham (GM Goodwrench Service 200). We qualified well with it and it ran consistently all day. In the past we've seen that our cars that worked well there worked well here so we're looking for good things from it.

DURA-LUBE 200 PRESENTED BY PEP BOYS NOTES

DAVID PEARSON ("Team consultant" No. 00 Aquafresh Ford) -- It has been a tough year. Of course I really don't have much to do with that race team. I'm just renting my shop and equipment to Buckshot Jones. My sons Ricky and Eddie work in there with them. He's (Jones) doing great but it just takes experience (Jones has missed three of five races so far). When he's running he's running strong! I hope Darlington's a good place to turn the corner. A place like Darlington you've got to keep your mind on what you're doing at all times. He is so hyped-up with wanting to win and run up front so bad that I think that that's his problem. If we can just keep talking to him and keep him calmed down I think he'll be better in the long run. It's a fine line to walk, as tough as it is to make these races. In practice he's always strong enough to make the field, no problem. When it comes down to qualifying I think he tries too hard and gets the car out of shape and you lose a lot of time. That's just experience. (WILL RICKY PEARSON CALL ON HIM FOR BENEFIT OF DARLINGTON EXPERIENCE?) I think they've heard me holler so much about 'do this and do that' that they're probably getting a little tired of it!

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