BUSCH: Hermie Sadler adds two races to his 2000 schedule

EMPORIA, Va. (July 17, 2000) -- Hermie Sadler and Veteran Busch Series owner Ed Whitaker announced today they will team up to run the Bristol, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia races later this season. Sadler, who resides in Emporia, Virginia, is...

EMPORIA, Va. (July 17, 2000) -- Hermie Sadler and Veteran Busch Series owner Ed Whitaker announced today they will team up to run the Bristol, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia races later this season. Sadler, who resides in Emporia, Virginia, is running a limited Busch Grand National schedule for Innovative Motorsports, Inc., and is eager to run at two tracks he really enjoys - Bristol and Richmond.

"I wanted to run Bristol and Richmond but we didn't have it on the schedule with Innovative," stated Sadler. "When Mr. Whitaker called and made me the offer it was too great to pass up. Bristol is his home track and Richmond is mine so we're looking forward to happy homecomings. Mr. Whitaker is trying to re-establish his presence in the Busch Series and so am I. He's actively seeking sponsorship for the two races and hopefully this will give both of us the break we're looking for."

Although Sadler has not competed full-time in the Busch Series this season, he has spent very little time away from the track. Sadler spent the past several months substituting for Lance Norick in the NASCAR Craftsman Tuck Series and has also worked for MRN as a pit reporter and commentator.

"I've enjoyed the past few months but my main goal is to put myself in a competitive situation for next season," stated Sadler. "I have a chance to prove we're capable of producing good results with Innovative Motorsports and Ed Whitaker."

Sadler's results from this past weekend speak for themselves. He qualified 15th and finished 11th. According to Sadler, "We had a fast racecar and it was capable of finishing in the top-10 until I made contact with Tony Raines. It damaged the car and we fought a tight car for the rest of the afternoon."

Sadler's plans for next season have yet to be determined but Sadler admits all he wants to do is race. "I want to race and race competitively. I know I can compete at this level and I know there are some other people that feel the same way. I plan on looking into every option available before making a decision for 2001."

In addition to the added races of Bristol and Richmond, Sadler's remaining races on the 2000 BGN schedule with Innovative Motorsports include Pikes Peak, Gateway, Indianapolis, Memphis and Homestead.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Raines , Lance Norick , Hermie Sadler