With his second-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the Kroger NASCAR 200 on July 31, Elliott Sadler became both the quickest and youngest million dollar winner in career earnings in NASCAR Busch Series history. Sadler's purse of $32,050...
With his second-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the Kroger NASCAR 200 on July 31, Elliott Sadler became both the quickest and youngest million dollar winner in career earnings in NASCAR Busch Series history. Sadler's purse of $32,050 from Indianapolis put him over the million dollar mark with a grand total of $1,013,087. At age 23, Sadler accomplished this feat in just 66 NASCAR Busch Series starts.
"Sandy Jones (crew chief) sat down with the entire team at the beginning of the season and we started discussing team goals for 1998," Sadler said. "One of the goals was to reach the $1 million mark by the fall Bristol race. We were right on target and beat it by two races so that is really a tribute to this team and their dedication to winning."
The Pepsi 200 will mark Sadler's third start at the two-mile oval of Michigan Speedway. Coming off his fourth straight top-10 finish, Sadler is hoping that the third time at Michigan Speedway will be the charm to get him back to victory lane in 1998.
"We're on kind of a roll now with four top 10s and we want to keep that momentum going," Sadler said. "We think Michigan is a place where we can do that. It's real fast, smooth and just one of the nicest facilities we race at. It is a two and three groove race track so there will be lots of double wide racing. Another factor that will come into play is gas mileage. We will want to make sure that all systems are in check so we can get the best fuel mileage."
Sadler made his first NASCAR Busch Series start with Diamond Ridge Motorsports at Michigan Speedway in 1996. In his previous two starts at Michigan Speedway, Sadler has experienced both good and bad luck.
"It's kind of like an anniversary for me with Diamond Ridge Motorsports because I made my first start with them in 96 and qualified 10th and finished ninth," Sadler said. "Then last year, we were going for the track record, and pretty much had everyone covered. Then I got loose in turns three and four and had a pretty bad wreck. We pulled out the back up car, qualified 39th and finished 18th. We've shown that pretty much anything can happen at a track like Michigan."