FOOD CITY 250 .533-mile concrete oval, 36-degree banking Race 24 of 32- NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division August 27, 1999-Race time- Friday, 7 p.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN2 and PRN Â· Elliott Sadler made his debut in the No. 35 ...
FOOD CITY 250 .533-mile concrete oval, 36-degree banking Race 24 of 32- NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division August 27, 1999-Race time- Friday, 7 p.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN2 and PRN
· Elliott Sadler made his debut in the No. 35 SCANA/Powertel Chevrolet last weekend at the Michigan Speedway. After qualifying 34th, Sadler battled a loose condition throughout the race to end up with a 25th place finish.
· Sadler has competed in 11 Busch Series events this season. He served as the fill-in driver for the No. 47 Monro Muffler and Brake Chevrolet in ten events earlier this year while Andy Santerre recuperated from a broken leg suffered in the season opener at Daytona. In those ten events, Sadler scored two top-10's, with a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas, and a fifth-place finish at California.
· Sadler has experienced both the highs and lows of racing at Bristol. In 1998, he won the Spring Busch Series race at the track after leading 99 laps, his first win of the season. At the Spring Busch race in 1999, however, Sadler failed to qualify in the No. 47 Monro Muffler and Brake entry.
· Plans call for Sadler to drive the No. 35 in all the remaining races on the Busch Series schedule in 1999.
· Lyndon Amick, who's driven the No. 35 car in 16 events this season, plans to drive a second team car bearing the No. 88 at several of the remaining races on the schedule. Amick's first race in the No. 88 will be next weekend at the Sept. 4th Dura Lube 200 at the Darlington Raceway. A press conference is scheduled in the Darlington area next Wednesday to unveil the paint scheme that the second Team Amick entry will carry.
Elliott Sadler, Driver:
On Bristol Motor Speedway: "I love racing at Bristol, it's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I won here in 1998, but then missed the race here earlier this year. I think that shows you how difficult it is to be consistently successful at this track. I love the challenge of competing at such a demanding facility."
On what he hopes to gain from his return to the Busch Series:
"I hope to gain knowledge and experience by getting more seat time, and turning more laps. Running these Busch events will help me in my Winston Cup program, and that's a great incentive right there. I want to improve at some of the tracks where I haven't run as well as I'd have liked, and these Busch races will hopefully help me to achieve that goal."
On what he brings to Team Amick:
"I think I bring a little more experience and knowledge about how to setup a car. I've been racing for about 10 years longer than Lyndon Amick has, even though we're close to the same age. I'm helping the team find out about their equipment, and hopefully giving them more confidence as they prepare for the 2000 season. I've only driven one race for them, but the team and I have already found some things we feel will improve their program. That's the main reason they asked me to help them out for the remainder of this year, and I'm happy to give them a hand."
Elliott Sadler's Career Busch Series Statistics at Bristol Motor Speedway
YR Race Fin Str Race laps Laps Comp Laps Led Status 96 2 13 25 250 250 RUNNING 97 1 14 28 250 249 RUNNING 97 2 41 32 250 43 OVERHEATED 98 1 1 3 250 250 99 RUNNING 98 2 32 28 250 126 ENGINE