Daytona Beach, Florida - - For the first time this season, Hermie Sadler and his SCORE Motorsports crew will head to a race with momentum on their side after scoring a very promising and well deserved 12th place finish last Saturday night at The...
Daytona Beach, Florida - - For the first time this season, Hermie Sadler and his SCORE Motorsports crew will head to a race with momentum on their side after scoring a very promising and well deserved 12th place finish last Saturday night at The Milwaukee Mile.
The weekend started off on the right foot during the first practice session for The Alan Kulwicki 250 Presented by Forest County Potawatomi Racing as Sadler in The FanZCar machine turned the 16th fastest lap. He maneuvered his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a time of 30.211 seconds or 119.083 MPH.
Nearly an hour after the first practice session, the team hit the track for round two with Hermie turning faster lap times. Hermie placed his machine 19th on the speed charts after punching out a time of 30.038 seconds amounting to a speed of 119.848 MPH.
After picking up the pace in practice, the team turned to qualifying with hopes of starting the No. 02 as close to the front as possible. In qualifications, Sadler maintained the consistency he ran in practice after turning a time of 29.732 seconds transferring to a speed of 121.082 MPH. The lap would place the SCORE Motorsports team 15th on the grid.
With no happy hour on the schedule due to the one-day show affair, NASCAR impounded the 43 NASCAR Busch Series machine following time trials, releasing the automobiles to the teams prior to the start of the 17th race of the season.
David Stremme, in the No. 32 TrimSpa X32 Dodge led the field to the green flag shortly after 9:00 PM EST with Sadler playing the patience game. During the first quarter of the race the sanction ran under a long span of green flag competition. Sadler maintained his position throughout the top-15 for much of the circuits first half before a caution nearing lap 90 sent the lead cars to pit road.
Led by crew chief Ernie Cope, Sadler brought his machine to the attention of the crew, where they bolted on four new Goodyear Eagles, added Sunoco fuel, while making a chassis adjustment to The FanZCar machine. Sadler returned to the race inside the top-20 with intentions of gunning for his first top-ten of the season.
Despite driving a well-balanced Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Sadler was overtaken by leaders Shane Hmiel, and David Stremme who were setting a blistering pace on the field approaching lap 200. While gaining radio and television coverage throughout the event, Sadler was unable to puncture his way into the top ten, and instead settled for a satisfying 12th place finish. The finish was Sadler's best thus far this season. The FanZCar was also credited with their best finish of their young career.
"Milwaukee was a very positive weekend for us, not just because we got a decent finish, but because the weekend helped us answer more questions about what we have struggling with all season," commented Sadler, who completed 249 of the 250 circuits. "We have some fundamental things worked out now, and this was the second consecutive race that we have unloaded in decent shape and been competitive throughout practice, qualifying, and the race," he added.
The two-time NBS winner also mentioned "We now need to work on improving our cars and work our way towards the top-15, where we should have been all season long."
Hermie Sadler would like nothing more than to beat that 12th place finish on Friday night from "The World Center of Racing," Daytona International Speedway. In the season opener, he started his Zapf Creation Pontiac Grand Prix 23rd and finished a disappointing 23rd.
Heading into Daytona this weekend, Sadler has nine starts at the Daytona Beach based track. Hermie has a career best start of 12th which occurred in 1994, while motoring a career best finish of 12th during the same season opener. The former Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year winner would like to claim his fourth-career pole this weekend, while also score a top-notch finish for his Bryant Stith owned team.
The SCORE Motorsports team will invade the track this weekend, looking for their first top-ten finish of the season. The team has obviously had a few obstacles this season, but as the season has progressed the team continues to learn, and everyone feels after last weekend's run, the team is nearing their full potential.
Sadler leaped two positions in the NASCAR Busch Series standings to 22nd. Another good run on Friday night would allow the team to continue to gain points and positions in the race for the championship.
Zapf Creation will return as the primary sponsor of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2004 season halfway marker event. In addition, The FanZCar, and Jenkins & Jenkins Law Firm will join the No. 02 machine as associate sponsors this weekend.
Christopher Foust, Derwood Sippola, Jim Golod, Daniel Keyes, and Andre Allemand will have a huge week ahead of them. These members will be at Daytona representing The FanZCar and cheering on Hermie Sadler.
Rolling into DIS (Daytona International Speedway), Sadler has 243 NASCAR Busch Series starts to his record, 2 wins, 18 top-fives, 44 top-tens, three poles, and has achieved $2,482,134 in career earnings.
The Winn-Dixie 250 Presented by PepsiCo is the 18th of 34 events on the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Thursday, July 1st with the 100-lap/250 mile race set to take the green flag Friday, July 2nd. FX will air the event live beginning at 7:30PM EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 8:00 PM EST. The race will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 8:00pm.