Solid Run By Sadler

Elliott Sadler turned in a solid top-10 effort in the final Labor Day Mountain Dew Southern 500 by starting fourth and finishing ninth.

The No. 38 car was far from perfect. Crew chiefs Todd Parrott and Raymond Fox made good calls all day long to help Sadler with the handling of the car.

At one point in the race Sadler fell back to 20th because the car was too tight for him to drive the way he wanted. At Darlington, drivers have to race the racetrack, and with a car that isn’t handling good, it makes for a long day.

“We’ll take that,” said Sadler after the race. “We weren't that good yesterday in happy hour, but the guys made some good changes. We weren't that good at the beginning of the race, but they made some great changes during the race and we definitely had a top three or top four car. I stalled it on that pit stop. We drove up from 15th and came up to ninth, but I just wore my tires out getting by some of those guys.”

With temperatures in the mid-90’s and a heat index of 110 – temperatures in the M&M’S car reached over 120 degrees. “That's the hottest I've ever been in a race car. I'm whipped right now and pretty sick, but I'm really happy to give these guys a top 10.”

The M&M’S team will head to Richmond next Saturday night – Elliott Sadler’s “home” track.

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