Sadler toughs it out for season-best showing By Shawn A. Akers HICKORY, N.C. (April 11, 1998) What, me hurt? Not Hermie Sadler. Sadler, who suffered a dislocated tibia in his right leg in a crash during last Saturday's Coca-Cola...
Sadler toughs it out for season-best showing By Shawn A. Akers
HICKORY, N.C. (April 11, 1998)
What, me hurt? Not Hermie Sadler. Sadler, who suffered a dislocated tibia in his right leg in a crash during last Saturday's Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, showed no signs of wear on Saturday. He drove the No. 29 DeWalt Tools Chevrolet to his best finish of the season, second, in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Galaxy Foods 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Sadler had an MRI done on his leg on Tuesday. He said the doctor "fixed it with a painful procedure that took about three minutes."
The leg, he said, was showing signs of improvement every day leading up until Saturday.
The grueling 300 laps on the .363-mile asphalt, oval, however, didn't do much to help the pain. But his finish was definitely a dose of good medicine.
"It's going to be a little sore tonight because I sure gave it a little bit of a workout," said Sadler, whose previous best finish this season was seventh in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington. "But, if I get a top-five finish like that with a hurt leg every week, then that's okay with me."
Sadler started from the 17th position and found a couple of fender-benders, but for the most part, avoided wrecks that took out several cars during the race. On the restart following the ninth and final caution flag, Sadler was in fourth place behind eventual race winner Ed Berrier, Matt Kenseth and Mike Dillon.
Kenseth's No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet got stuck in fourth gear and he fell back, and Sadler was strong enough to pass Dillon to take over second. Berrier, however, crossed the finish line 1.645 seconds ahead of Sadler.
"We had a good race car, and a good race car is what it's all about," Sadler said. "We had a bad race car yesterday in practice, but these guys came back here and went to work today and worked hard on it all morning. We had a good car all day. That's what it takes. We never gave up, we just kept digging and they believed we could make this thing run. I never would have believed it last night when I went to bed.
"We stayed after it, we dodged the wrecks for the most part and brought it home in one piece. We've got good race cars, and if we can bring them home every week in one piece, we'll finish up high every week. Just have to avoid some of these wrecks and we'll be okay.
"We paid our dues the last two weeks I guess. This was just our week to be on the right side of that. We had a good race car and I could drive anywhere I wanted to, and that's what you've got to have here at Hickory."
Sadler stole a little bit of thunder from his brother and Diamond Ridge Motorsports teammate, Elliott Sadler, who wound up with a 14th-place finish. Elliott Sadler came into Saturday's race second in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings.
Hermie Sadler said he believes this finish will be a springboard for the team to vault into the top-10 in the point standings, especially with one of his favorite parts of the NASCAR Busch Series schedule coming up.
"We hope so," the elder Sadler said. "We think we'll be pretty good at Talladega, and we've got Loudon and Nazareth and a lot of places coming up I really like, so we feel like this will get us back on track, and hopefully when we get through this next stretch of races we'll be back up in the top-five in points where we belong."
Source: NASCAR Online