Bristol: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler and No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Ready for Bristol Return While every driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circles one or two different races on their calendar each year, Elliott Sadler circles this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol...

Sadler and No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Ready for Bristol Return

While every driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circles one or two different races on their calendar each year, Elliott Sadler circles this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway twice.

The first circle is because it's one of his favorite tracks. The second is to commemorate his first career Sprint Cup Series victory. That occurred in 2003 when Sadler led 70 laps around the .533-mile, high-banked oval to earn the checkered flag. He also has six top-10 starts in the last eight Bristol races; earning the Pole Award in Spring '05 race.

How much does Sadler like the historic oval in Thunder Valley? He purchased an entire suite for friends and family so they can watch the action in person.

Sadler gets "Sirius" every week: Sirius NASCAR Radio. Ch. 128 listeners will be entertained and enlightened by Elliott Sadler every Tuesday at 4:40 p.m. throughout the 2008 NASCAR Season. The No. 19 driver will talk about whatever comes to mind with host Dave Moody, the Godfather of NASCAR Radio, on his weekly show "Sirius Speedway" airing from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES

Racing at Bristol -- "Last August, when we raced with the new race car at Bristol, it was some great racing. I know some fans who saw it on TV didn't like it because we weren't running low and bumping people out of the way. But, with the new concrete and way they re-did the track, we were able to pass each other by racing each other.

"I mean, we were racing and passing on the outside and actually had two lanes of racing to choose from. If a guy liked the high side, he could race up there as much as he wanted. If you like the low line, then it was yours to race, too.

Spring race or Fall race -- "Everyone likes to see Bristol under the lights, but I don't care if its day time, night time or day break -- the racing there is always great. I know folks say a ticket can't be bought for a Bristol race, but there are some to be had if you look hard enough. Heck, I used to sit on the old concrete stands along the front stretch and watch the races before I got to actually drive there.

On bouncing back after a bad weekend- "We're just trying to be consistent and run every lap. I think over the last couple of years, 80 percent of the teams that are in the top-12 after Atlanta make the Chase. Right now, we are just 68 points out of that position. We want to have a good run on Sunday and get all the points we can; just keep digging. We've had some great race cars and overcome some adversity in some of the races. We're very happy about that and after the race we had in Atlanta, we need to come back big this weekend in Bristol.

On winning your first Cup race at Bristol in 2001 -- "You never forget your first victory; I don't care what level of racing it happens. One of the most special parts about that day was the fact it was the Wood Bros. first win at Bristol. I mean, they are one of the winningest team in NASCAR and they had never won at historic Bristol until that day. And, it was their first trip back to Victory Lane since 1993. I started 38th (still the record for farthest back to win at Bristol) and won that race. It was incredible how emotional everyone was in Victory Lane making it even more special.

NOTES

Car info

The No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge will run GEM Chassis No. 213; which was part of the No. 10 team last year for the spring Phoenix, Martinsville and both road course races at Infineon and Watkins Glen.

-credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler