Darlington: Elliott Sadler preview

* Elliott Sadler has made 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.366-mile oval * The Emporia, Va. native has scored two top five and four top 10 finishes at Darlington Raceway * Sadler started from the pole at the track they call ...

* Elliott Sadler has made 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.366-mile oval

* The Emporia, Va. native has scored two top five and four top 10 finishes at Darlington Raceway

* Sadler started from the pole at the track they call "Too Tough to Tame" in 2003

Sadler on Darlington: "Darlington is a great track both from a driver perspective and for the fans. As a driver, it's a track that will test you in every way possible. I think you have to be patiently aggressive at Darlington. The track is pretty tight in one and two, so the best place to pass is in three and four and you have to be ready to make your move when the time is right and not get yourself into trouble when the time isn't. It's 500 miles of concentration because that outside wall will come out of nowhere and bite you if you aren't paying attention every minute of the race.

"There's something electric about watching a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights on a Saturday night, and when you add a track like Darlington Raceway into the mix, it's just awesome for the fans. Racing on Saturday night and then having the opportunity to spend Mother's Day with family on Sunday has always meant a lot to me, but this year will be even more special for us since we get to celebrate with our son."

Crew Chief Wally Rogers' Thoughts on Darlington: "I love it. I think it's so cool to watch the cars run up against the wall like they do, especially for as small as the track is and as fast as they go and the speed that they carry through one and two. They're just about wide open through one and two. It's another place where if you're kind of good at one end, you may not be as good at the other end. You just have to compensate on where you're car wants to be the best. Personally I think that if you're really good in three and four that's probably where you're going to make the most passes. When we tire tested there, we kind of focused on three and four more than we did on one and two. I think in one and two the driver can finagle and help get his way through there the right way, so we worry more about the other end.

"The track is getting wore out like it used to be. The last race there you could see the old Darlington starting to come back from after they paved it. I think the tire they are going to bring back is going to help make that race to where the lap times fall off."

Chassis History: The No. 19 Hunt Brothers Ford Fusion team led by crew chief Wally Rogers has prepared chassis No. 283. This is the same car the team tested last month at the Goodyear tire test at Darlington Raceway.

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler