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The Questions with Elliot Sadler

July 04, 2005
July 04, 2005

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The Questions with Elliot Sadler

NASCAR Driver

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

What was your welcome-to-NASCAR moment?
As a rookie in the Busch Series, in 1997, I met Dale Jarrett at Darlington [S.C.]. I was feeling lost. I asked him for help, and he put me in an ordinary rental car, took me around the track and gave me pointers. Dale's now one of my best friends.

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Your most embarrassing moment?
After I signed with the Wood brothers, we came to Daytona for the '99 season. They said my driver's suits hadn't arrived, but they had a temporary suit to get me through testing. The suit did not fit and had a hideous design. I put it on and came out of the truck. After I got laughed at, Eddie and Len Wood told me it was a joke and handed me my real suit.

Your favorite off-day activity?
I golf every chance I get.

If I were commissioner for a day, I'd ... have a permanent traveling safety-support team for Nextel Cup events, instead of using different part-timers at each track.

Last Week
Sadler, 30, finished sixth on the road course at the Dodge/Save Mart 350. He's third in the Nextel Cup standings.

This Week
He's in Daytona for the Pepsi 400, in which he finished third in 2001.

COLOR PHOTOROB TRINGALI/SPORTSCHROME (SADLER HEAD SHOTCOLOR PHOTO GEORGE TIEDEMANN/GT IMAGES (SADLER'S CAR)