Sadler Races Into Top 10

Sunday was a tale of two races for Elliott Sadler.

The early part of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 saw Sadler run upfront, stay with the leaders and actually hold the top spot for much of the opening half.

But the second part of Sadler's day was completely the opposite.

His Evernham Motorsports Dodge lost its handling and Sadler and company were forced to settle for a 14th place finish.

"Today was frustrating," Sadler said. "We had a great qualifying lap and great track position, but we just couldn't get a handle on the car. We were tight all day. The guys did a really good job on the car."

Despite several stops for adjustments, the changes Sadler's team made on his Dodge didn't seem to help the problems.

"We've just got to work better together on making changes during the race," he said. "We need to get our tire data and get a handle on these tires. We would make one adjustment and it would go one way, then make the same adjustment the next stop and it would go the other way."

Sadler started the day from the third spot after a strong qualifying run. But as the day went on, his dreams of scoring a win for car owner Ray Evernham faded away.

"It's just frustrating to lead laps in the first half of the race and spend the second half of the race struggling to finish 14th," he said.

Despite the down ending to his day, Sadler now finds himself 10th in the standings as the series heads to Atlanta this weekend. The good start to the season has Sadler excited about what has the makings to be a standout year.

"It's a great team and we can run well," Sadler said. "We just have a few things to work on and need some breaks to go our way once in a while and we'll be okay."

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