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Published on May 20th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith

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For Sadler, What A Difference A Week Makes

I’ve been reading a lot of NASCAR blogs and columns that seem to be bashing (albeit lightly) Elliott Sadler for his reaction to being taken out of the Sprint Showdown by A.J. Allmendinger, despite just a week earlier taking Tony Stewart out of the Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington raceway.  

In his post-crash interview he comically referred to Allmendinger as “Whatever his name is…” He also pointed out the fact that Allmendinger was replaced by Mike Skinner in the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota earlier in the season.

I say, give the guy a break. A week earlier he took out Stewart, but he manned up, as it were, admitting that he made a “rookie mistake.”

One week later, he’s on the other end of a similar deal. At the point of his interview, he didn’t know if Allmendinger would man up, and apologize or not. And, he was frustrated for being taken out so early, when he had a decent car.

To be honest, with the way Sadler’s year has been going, of course he is frustrated when he’s taken out by someone else. Who wouldn’t be?   

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



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