MARTINSVILLE, Va.— In his first start in a substitute role for ailing Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler hopes to achieve more than a respectable finish—a lot more.
“I don’t know what you guys think is realistic or not, but we’re here to win a damn race,” Sadler told reporters Friday at Martinsville Speedway.
With Vickers sidelined for the rest of the season by a recently discovered blood clot in his leg, Sadler will drive the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in his stead. Needless to say, Sadler’s sights are set high, for Martinsville as well as the races that follow.
“To sit here and tell you that I just want to go be competitive and not do much is a lie,” Sadler said. “I want to come out here and try to qualify good each week and run good each week and put ourselves in position to be there at the end of the race.
“I’m a competitor, no matter what I play and no matter what I race.”