Bristol II: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler Says Bristol Is His Favorite Track STATESVIILE, N.C. -- There is no place Elliott Sadler likes to race the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge more than Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Sadler refers to the high banked .533-mile mile oval in...

Sadler Says Bristol Is His Favorite Track

STATESVIILE, N.C. -- There is no place Elliott Sadler likes to race the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge more than Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Sadler refers to the high banked .533-mile mile oval in Thunder Valley as racing heaven, and it certainly holds a spot in his heart.

Sadler and his family regularly visited the track when he was a youngster growing up about five hours away in Emporia, Va. He also recorded his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory while racing for the Wood Brothers in 2001 and started from the pole position at the spring race in 2005.

The No. 19 team is coming off a ninth-place finish at Michigan and is confident they can bring home a second consecutive strong finish under the lights at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."

Elliott Sadler:

Talk about racing at Bristol: "People ask me all the time which racetrack is my favorite and before they can even get the question out I tell them it's Bristol. Bristol is racing heaven. A super fast short track with unbelievable banking and it's only gotten better since they repaved it. Now you can race high and low and it opens up the track for more passing and better racing. The two races at Bristol are by far my favorite of the year. Daytona is Daytona and Indy is Indy -- they are historic, pressure-packed and prestigious, but Bristol is just awesome. Bristol is fun, fast paced, challenging, edge-of-your-seat racing -- everything I love about racing!"

Talk about the recent progress by the No. 19 team: "I'm so proud to be a part of this Gillett Evernham team. We have come a long way since the start of the season and it keeps getting better each and every week. All of the GEM teams have been getting stronger and faster each week. I think that is a huge complement to everyone on the team and the organization as a whole. Kasey (Kahne) and the Bud guys are fighting hard to finish the year strong and secure a spot in the Chase. Patrick (Carpentier) has been fighting hard all year and has shown unbelievable progress and will only get better the rest of the way. The No. 19 team is running the best it has since I arrived here two years ago. It has been a successful year on so many fronts. We have learned a ton about this new car and we are only going to get better in the weeks to come."

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler