Elliott Sadler Post Race Notes NASCAR Busch Series Victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway First career ...
Elliott Sadler Post Race Notes
NASCAR Busch Series Victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway
First career victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the AC Delco 200 on October 31, 1998.
Fifth career NASCAR Busch Series victory for Sadler and his second victory of 1998.
Sadler became the 17th NASCAR driver to win a Busch Series race at Rockingham.
Sadler is the first Busch Series regular to win the fall event at the 1.017-mile oval since Steve Grissom accomplished that feat in 1990.
Sadler's win in the AC Delco 200 allowed him to move up to fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series driver points, just seven points out of fourth place.
Sadler's second win in 1998 brings his top-five finish total to five and his top-10 finish total to 10.
Sadler's first-place finish at North Carolina Motor Speedway is his first top-10 finish in the fall event at Rockingham. His previous finishes in the fall event are a 28th-place finish in 1997 and a 36th-place finish in 1996.
Before making his charge to the front on Saturday, Sadler had fallen back to the 30th position because of a push that had developed on the Phillips 66 Chevrolet. Sadler pitted the car under caution on lap 77 so the
Phillips 66 Performance Team could adjust the No. 66 Chevy and change tires. Sadler quickly made his way to the front and took the lead with about 35 laps to go in the 197-lap event.
It proved to be a big day for Diamond Ridge Motorsports. Sadler's teammate, and brother, Hermie finished the AC Delco 200 in third position. In the midst of the victory lane excitement, Elliott declared that there would be a sale at Sadler Chevrolet.
Sadler is celebrating his second win of 1998 and his fifth NASCAR Busch Series career win in the woods of Emporia, Va. Sadler is taking some time off before going to Atlanta to participate in his other sporting
passion -- deer hunting.
Elliott Sadler Post Race Quotes About the win . . . With about three laps to go, I just started crying. This is such an emotional win because I am leaving next year. I kept telling these guys that I wanted to get them one more win. I can't believe we did it here at Rockingham. This place hasn't been too good to us in the past, but someone was smiling down on us today.
About pitting out of sequence on lap 77 . . . That was a great call by Sandy Jones. He said we're going to bring you in for tires and I said OK. We were in pretty bad shape at that time running in 30th place. The car was pushing real bad and we needed some major adjustments. I guess we kind of gambled and it paid off big for us today.