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Six Pack: Sadler goes pink for cause close to his heart

October 02, 2012, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com

Hermie and Elliott Sadler joined breast cancer survivors as they painted Charlotte's start/finish line pink. (Charlotte Motor Speedway)

Driver's shoes, car will feature color in honor of his mom, breast cancer survivors

Elliott Sadler, who helped kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday by painting the start-finish line at Charlotte Motor Speedway pink, answers this week's six questions.

1. Your mother is a five-year survivor of breast cancer. Is she your motivation, especially for the upcoming Dollar General 300 on Oct. 12 at CMS?

"I wear pink shoes every single race in memory of my mom, and what she has been going through and continues to go through, and for all breast cancer survivors."

--ELLIOTT SADLER

Sadler: She always comes to the Charlotte race because we can drive to this one. Her favorite paint scheme -- and mine, too -- is anything that has pink on it. I wear pink shoes every single race in memory of my mom, and what she has been going through and continues to go through, and for all breast cancer survivors.

2. So you're going all pink?

Sadler: Yes, thanks to [sponsor] OneMain Financial for letting us have a pink firesuit, pink helmet, pink race car. We're going to auction [a lot] of this stuff off. All the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen [Foundation]. It makes the Charlotte race very special for me and my family. We'll all be there. My mom will be there, and hopefully we'll do well in the pink car.

3. What does it mean to you to have so many others in the racing community help recognize and come to the aid of this cause as well?

Sadler: We're all competitors and we all race hard week in and week out. But when it comes time for any type of cause, any type of charity, it seems like the NASCAR family really pulls together and gets on the same page. We're seeing that again at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a great kickoff for the whole entire month. Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first one to really take the initiative to turn everything pink -- [with] extra cars showing up pink, pit crew members, doing things around the race track -- really showing our support and our awareness of breast cancer throughout the month of October.

4. Could you talk a little about the three-way battle you're having for this year's Nationwide Series championship with defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon?

Sadler: It's exciting, and it seems like we're all hitting our strides. Austin has been so competitive in the last month and a half. Ricky and them have been fast. ... We feel like in the last two months, we've run really well. We've just given away too many points.

It seems like whoever leads doesn't want the lead. It's like a hot potato. We wait for the other guys to catch up. So I think it's going to be a battle all the way to the end. I'd like to say I'm the favorite because we've been leading the points most of the way during the season, but all three of us are running good.

5. Is it an advantage or disadvantage when one of your closest rivals is your teammate, like Austin?

Sadler: I think it's an advantage because our race teams share everything, all the way to the green flag. After the green flag, [No. 2 crew chief] Luke [Lambert] and I might want to go one way on pit strategy, and [No. 3 crew chief] Danny [Stockman] and Austin might want to go another way, and it's however you end up.

But it's always an advantage when someone is as fast as Austin has been or is as fast as we've been, and you can help each other. ... The setup I ran [recently] at Kentucky [Speedway] was because of some work that he had done. That's good teamwork stuff.

6. So pink truly is your favorite color?

Sadler: Real men wear pink. ... Hopefully we'll have a good night in Charlotte and get to Victory Lane to receive a pink trophy. That would be a great storybook ending.