BUSCH: Kentucky: Hermie Sadler preview

Hermie Sadler Kentucky Preview Sparta, Kentucky - - Hermie Sadler, and his SCORE Motorsports team will look to capitalize on their disappointing 26th place finish at Nashville last weekend in a race that should have saw the team score their ...

Hermie Sadler Kentucky Preview

Sparta, Kentucky - - Hermie Sadler, and his SCORE Motorsports team will look to capitalize on their disappointing 26th place finish at Nashville last weekend in a race that should have saw the team score their ninth top-25 finish of the 2004 NBS season.

The team finished 22nd at Dover, a track owned by Dover Motorsports Inc., the same owners of Nashville Superspeedway. Struggling in practice, the team found some much needed speed during time trials which put the No. 02 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34th on the starting grid.

Mother nature played havoc with the racing schedule at NSS, pushing up the start of the event, allowing the teams to compete for 95 circuits, before she roared onto the track, delaying the series for nearly three hours. Before the rain came, Sadler battled a handling problem, but the team felt they were making progress, and could be better once the race restarted.

The race resumed around 11:30pm CDT, with Sadler hunting for the front of the pack. With Hermie on the march, disaster would strike the team laps later as 1994 NASCAR Busch Series champion David Green lost an engine spilling oil over the 1.333 mile track, sending the Emporia, Virginia native around. Sadler did not hit anything, but lost power in his Monte Carlo, which cost him laps and positions on the track.

Unfortunately, Hermie was unable to make up the ground he lost on the track, but maintained perseverance and determination to cross the line 26th.

Heading into Kentucky this weekend, Sadler only have one career start at the Sparta, Kentucky based track. Hermie has a career best start of 34th which occurred in 2002, while motoring a career best finish of 34th in the same 2002 summer event. The two-time NBS winner would like to excel past that dreaded qualifying effort, and engine failure during the race and score a top-notch finish for his Bryant Stith owned team.

For the first time since the season's opener at Daytona International Speedway, the SCORE team will head to the track with a positive test session under their belts. Enroute to Nashville, the team conducted a successful test run, leaving the team with high hopes for Saturday night's shootout.

"Hermie and the team had a good test at Kentucky, they seem really pumped about the Meijer 300, we've had a lot of tough luck this season, we could use a great finish to boost the teams confidence," said the FanZCar's Director of Membership Mark Westrick.

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 it's just a matter of time before the team begins to make some serious noise.

While currently occupying the 24th place in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, a good run on Saturday night would allow the team to make a considerable gain in the race for the championship.

The team will arrive this weekend without the support of a primary sponsor. The SCORE crew hopes to have an impressive weekend, with hopes of attracting a sponsor that will join the No. 02 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series season.

However, The FanZCar, Zapf Creation, and Jenkins & Jenkins Law Firm will join the No. 02 machine as associate sponsors this weekend.

Kris Morlen, Kathleen Ghere, and Jim Ghere will have a huge weekend ahead of them. These members will be at Kentucky representing The FanZCar and cheering on Hermie Sadler.

Rolling into Nashville, Sadler has 241 NASCAR Busch Series starts to his record, 2 wins, 18 top-fives, 44 top-tens, three poles, and has achieved $2,440,254 in career earnings.

The Meijer 300 is the 16th of 34 events on the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Friday, June 18th with the race set to take the green flag Saturday night, June 19th. FX will air the event live beginning at 7:30 PM EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 7:30 PM EST. The race will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 7:00pm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Green , Hermie Sadler