All-Star: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler and Stanley Tools Team Hope to Capitalize on Test Times in Showdown No points, all pride on the line at Lowe's this weekend CONCORD, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge team hope posting the fastest time in Sprint...

Sadler and Stanley Tools Team Hope to Capitalize on Test Times in Showdown

No points, all pride on the line at Lowe's this weekend

CONCORD, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge team hope posting the fastest time in Sprint Cup testing this month translates into a strong performance in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Showdown and propels them in to the All-Star Race in Charlotte.

With 21 drivers currently locked into the All-Star Race, Sadler and the Rodney Childers-led Gillett Evernham Motorsports team need to race their way in by finishing first or second in the Showdown; or garnering the most fan votes for drivers not already eligible for the non-points spectacle.

Elliott Sadler:

"We're going for the Showdown win to get in.

"These races are exciting for two reasons. First, there are absolutely no points on the line so you can make some moves you normally wouldn't during a regular race. You just have to be careful you don't put yourself in a situation where you win the Showdown, but don't have enough car to start the All-Star Race.

"Second, the crew guys have all kinds of family and friends in town and they want to do well in front of them. That's where the pride factor comes in to play. Everyone wants to get into the All-Star Race and win.

"As far as the Fan Vote, I would like you to select my name for only one reason -- my crew. I have been in five All-Star Races before, but not all of my crew has experienced the energy from that race. They have worked very hard to build great cars this year. So, if you could vote me in for my team; that would be great."

Rodney Childers:

"We had an awesome test at Lowe's, we had the fastest time after two days and we feel pretty good about this weekend. So, I told them to forget Darlington and let's go win us that $1 million by making it into the All-Star Race through the Showdown."

Fast Facts: In his five previous All-Star Races 2001 - 2005, Sadler's best finish was second in 2005. Best start was fourth place, that same year. Last year, Sadler started 24th and finished 23rd in the Showdown after getting caught up in a three-car accident on lap 20.

Car Info: The No. 19 team will use GEM No. 240; brand new to the stable and posted fastest time at recent Lowe's Motor Speedway test

Tune In: SPEED-TV will cover qualifying and both the Showdown and All-Star Race; MRN Radio and SIRIUS NASCAR Ch. 128 will have it on radio.

Autism Helmet Auction Update

As of Tuesday afternoon, the highest bid was $5,400 for the specially-painted Autism Awareness currently up for auction. Bidding is open until May 19 when the highest bidder will receive the autographed helmet Sadler wore at Texas, Talladega and Phoenix. The online auction to benefit autism research and awareness is underway at www.sadlerfoundation.org until Monday, May 19.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler