Bristol Madness For Sadler
March 17, 2009 | 7:31 P.M. EST
Not only does Sadler get to compete in the event in which he captured his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win during the month, but it is also the time when he keeps a close eye on the North Carolina Tarheels in the "March Madness" NCAA Tournament.
After participating in a Goodyear Tire Test at Darlington and attending the ACC tournament in Atlanta during the off week, Sadler will now head to Bristol Motor Speedway to compete in Sunday's Food City 500.
But before the action on-track kicks off again, Sadler will watch his No. 1 seeded Tar Heels kick off their 2009 NCAA Tournament against No. 16 Radford on Thursday afternoon.
"I think they have what it takes to win the NCAA Championship this year," said Sadler, who saw the Heels defeat Virginia Tech before losing to Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
Even though Sadler hasn't enjoyed much success as of late at Bristol, the track still remains one of his favorites on the Sprint Cup schedule.
"Man, I love Bristol," Sadler said. "That's where I got my first victory in Sprint Cup racing. Every time I walk into the place I think of that day in 2001. I think Bristol might be NASCAR's best track. I know it is for me. It's old school racing."
This weekend will mark Sadler's 22nd start at Bristol. His last five starts have come with Richard Petty Motorsports (Gillett-Evernhman) where he has posted an average finish of 29.2.
Since finishing fifth in the season-opening Daytona 500, Sadler has yet to finish inside the top 20 resulting in his current standing of 17th in the points. Last week's test at Darlington was something the team needed in looking for a turnaround.
"That was good because we desperately needed a good test session to work on some things," Sadler said. "We have been making strides each week. A good test session should go a long way for the No. 19 team."