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ELLIOTT SADLER ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES NOTES Elliott Sadler captured his second win of 1998 last weekend at North Carolina Speedway. Sadler struggled with the Phillips 66/Trop Artic Chevrolet in the early part of the AC Delco...

ELLIOTT SADLER ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR BUSCH SERIES NOTES

Elliott Sadler captured his second win of 1998 last weekend at North Carolina Speedway. Sadler struggled with the Phillips 66/Trop Artic Chevrolet in the early part of the AC Delco 200 before the Performance Team made a strategic call by having Sadler pit out of sequence from the race leaders. It worked to the team's advantage as Sadler took the lead on lap 166 and led the remaining 31 laps to capture his fifth career NASCAR Busch Series win.

"I think I started crying with about three laps to go," an emotional Sadler said. "This is really emotional for me because I'm not going to be with these guys next year. I kept telling the guys that I wanted to get one more win before the season was over and we did it. If someone would have told me at the beginning of the season that our wins would come at places like Rockingham and Bristol I would have thought they were crazy. But we won at Rockingham and it's just awesome."

Elliott Sadler will be making his second NASCAR Busch Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway when the series visits the 1.5-mile quad-oval this weekend for the Stihl 300. The event was rescheduled for November 7 after Busch Series teams spent the majority of the initial weekend in March trying to keep dry as rain forced the event into postponement. Despite continuous rain, the Busch Series did manage a 20-minute practice before the event was canceled. During that practice, the Phillips 66 Performance Team was one of the quickest.

"We practiced real good there in March," Sadler said. "I kept praying that the rain would stop because I knew we were going to be good in the race, the car was that good."

The Stihl 300 will be the first time the NASCAR Busch Series competes at Atlanta Motor Speedway since it was reconfigured last year. Sadler says the changes at the track should not have a lot of effect on the Busch teams.

"It's hard to compare Atlanta to any of the other tracks we race at but I guess it's somewhat like Texas and Charlotte," Sadler said. "It will be our first time racing there since they made the changes. The new configurations has made the turns longer so it will be very fast and we should be able to race almost wide open."

The Phillips 66 Performance Racing Team has built a new car to take to Atlanta Motor Speedway. This particular car was scheduled to make its debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A wreck in practice forced the team to rebuild the car for competition in the upcoming 200-lap event at Atlanta.

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY RESULTS Date Start Finish Top 5 Top 10 Winnings 3/9/97 2 9 0 1 $11,355

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elliott Sadler