Atlanta: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER AND NO. 19 BEST BUY DODGE TEAM HEAD TO ATLANTA TOP-10 IN POINTS A 12th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday moved Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team up four spots to ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...

SADLER AND NO. 19 BEST BUY DODGE TEAM HEAD TO ATLANTA TOP-10 IN POINTS

A 12th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday moved Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team up four spots to ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. Sadler joins Gillett Evernham Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, who is fourth, in the top 10.

The Emporia, Va. native and his Best Buy team plan to continue the momentum this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 1.54-mile oval in Hampton, Ga. is the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit. Ryan Newman's 193.124 mph lap at this race last year edged Martin Truex Jr.'s lap of 193.105 mph at the second Texas Motor Speedway race as the fastest qualifying laps in 2007.

Drivers and teams should have their hands full figuring out the new Sprint Cup Series car making its Atlanta debut. The new cars should be slower but more difficult to drive.

Elliott Sadler:

ON RACING ATLANTA - "This track is the fastest one on the circuit -- hands down. You spend so much time in the corners because of how they have it laid out. The turns are so long, it seems like you spend most of your day running through those 24-degree high banks just to go straight for a short period of time. Personally, I like that high line around the track and it works for me.

TYPE OF RACE YOU EXPECT BASED ON WHAT YOU SAW IN LAS VEGAS - "The tracks are so similar in the way they're laid out that, if you had a good day in Vegas, you look forward to repeating it at Atlanta. The longer our car ran under green, the better we got towards the end. You can look for some side-by-side racing as guys will pick up speed and others drop off throughout the race. The tires for Las Vegas were very hard and didn't wear too much. I hope that won't be the case this weekend.

"Some guys like to run the high side; and I'm one of them. It worked out great for us last week in Las Vegas and the car was really hooked up at the end. I know Rodney (Childers, Team Director) and the team were taking a lot of notes we can use this weekend. We're just like everyone else trying to figure this new car out. But the good news is we're getting a handle on it pretty fast, and that's what you need to do in these first five races."

2008 SEASON -- "It is a great feeling to be top-10 in points. The goal of myself, and everyone else in that garage, is to make the Chase for the Championship. You can't do it all in one race, so we're just trying to do the best we can one race at a time. It's great to see two Gillett Evernham Dodges in the top-10 with Kasey being fourth right now and us in ninth. Rodney, the team and all of us are communicating and making sure we learn as much as possible every time we get on that track."

Rodney Childers, Team Director

ATLANTA -- "We had a good finish there in Las Vegas. And I'll be honest with you; I was already looking forward to Atlanta before Vegas. Now, I'm really looking forward to this weekend. Elliott is really good at running the top right up there by the wall and saving his tires. The track is abrasive and tires fall off a lot. If we can get the car balanced good, we'll be really good."

Car Info

* GEM Chassis No. 214 was last raced at Martinsville Speedway in October 2007

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Elliott Sadler