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Hydration and Porta Potties

August 09, 2011, Elliott Sadler, Special to NASCAR.COM, NASCAR.com

Fans' questions never cease to amaze, including elimination processes

Going to sponsor and fan appearances throughout the year, I do a lot of Q&A sessions, and man, do I get some funny questions.

This past weekend at Iowa Speedway, I was able to attend the hospitality tent for my sponsor, OneMain Financial, and was asked one of the most popular questions I get as a driver: Races are long. How do you go to the bathroom?

"Next race you attend, be sure to watch the drivers after driver introductions. Most make a bee-line for the closest Porta Potty, and we end up standing in line with half of the field before we get strapped into the car."

--ELLIOTT SADLER

I start hydrating for a race, especially in the summer, about 48 hours before the event. Lots of water and Powerade. That's a lot of hydration. Next race you attend, be sure to watch the drivers after driver introductions. Most make a bee-line for the closest Porta Potty, and we end up standing in line with half of the field before we get strapped into the car.

It gets so hot in the car that we lose a lot of that water through sweating. Most races I lose five to 10 pounds of water weight during the course of the race. It's not a magic weight-loss solution though ... I usually am back to my normal weight by the next Tuesday.

As for the No. 2 team, two weeks ago we were at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, a fun short track, especially for the fans to watch. We had a tough weekend there. We hit the wall during qualifying, and we had to thrash to get the car ready for the race which was only two hours later. It was definitely a team effort to get the car ready, with guys from the No. 2 and the No. 33 teams pitching in. We were able to get the car ready with moments to spare, and when I strapped in, I knew I had work to do starting from the back of the field.

I began to move up one spot at a time and got all the way to the third position by the last few laps ... all without air conditioning. About 10 laps into the race I smelled something and was afraid that it was an electrical problem, so I was forced to turn off the air unit in my helmet. Needless to say, I was hot! We ended up getting loose on one of the last laps, and finished 16th. A tough ending to a tough weekend.

Last week in Iowa was a good race. We had a great car and picked up our third pole award this season. Although during the race we battled loose-handling conditions, we were able to lead laps and compete for the win in the last laps of the event. We walked away with a third-place finish, setting us up to be part of Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash in September at Richmond International Raceway, my home track.

Next up, we have our final two road-course races of the season at Watkins Glen International and Montreal. I'm comfortable driving road courses, so I think it is going to be a good stretch for the team. Earlier this season, we went to Road America, where we scored a fourth-place finish, so I'm hoping to keep that momentum going for the final two road courses!

The OneMain Financial team is still in the hunt for the championship, and we are staying focused on that goal. I have good people around me, and we are going to fight to the finish.

Until next time ... HOLLA!

In the Draft with Elliott Sadler is a twice-monthly blog and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Follow him and the No. 2 KHI team on Twitter: @Elliott_Sadler, @OneMainRacing or @KHI_NNS.