Daytona Duel: Elliott Sadler preview

Team 19 Best Buy Dodge Twin 150 Preview Best Buy Dodge driver Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports team had the 35th-fastest time during Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday afternoon. Sadler's best lap of 48.77 seconds/184.521...

Team 19 Best Buy Dodge Twin 150 Preview

Best Buy Dodge driver Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports team had the 35th-fastest time during Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday afternoon. Sadler's best lap of 48.77 seconds/184.521 mph will have him lined up 14th for Thursday afternoon's first Twin 150 race. During qualifying at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, winds were blowing between 20 -- 25 mphs under sunny skies.

DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER

Qualifying run: "When it comes to qualifying at Daytona, you just have to hold the wheel the best you can and get yourself a starting spot for the race on Thursday. The real heartache and real racing starts then. My Best Buy guys brought a good handling race car down here to Daytona and I'm looking forward to the 50th running of the Daytona 500.

Windy conditions: "There was definitely a lot of head wind down the backstretch and that probably slowed some times down a bit. But, everyone is in the same deal here having to deal with the winds. The fastest cars qualified at the top and everyone else will have to determine their starting spots on Thursday."

Type of racing to expect in Twin 150: "I thinks it's going to be some good racing. We saw a great race in the Budweiser Shootout. I think the new race car put on a good show; hopefully it will be all right in our race on Thursday, too. We have learned the new race car is a bit different than the old car here at Daytona. Handling is going to be a big issue, just like it was at most races with this car last year. We learned a lot about the draft during testing. Two cars can get hooked up, bump draft pretty well and pass a lot of cars. The cars are going to slide around a lot. The media is going to have a lot to write about, especially after Thursday's qualifying races. It should be pretty fun to watch.

Gillette Evernham Motorsports efforts this week: These guys have put together a great effort and we're all working together just great. Rodney (Childers -- Team Director) and the other directors are all sharing information and trying to make all our cars fast. Like I said during testing, Kasey (Kahne) and I are going to work more closely together and help each other out this year; and now we have Patrick Carpentier who has looked good at Daytona for his first time here. I watched Kasey's car during the Budweiser Shootout and liked what I saw in how his Dodge handled. We have new people and new things going on at the shop, and we are all learning each other and the new terminology really fast. We are very optimistic about the changes we have made. I know the 19 team has a lot more experience on our team than last year and I think that is going to help me as a driver through the long haul of the season."

NOTES

Daytona International Speedway

* Qualified on the outside pole for the Daytona 500 in 2002 and won a Twin 125 Qualifier in 2003. Best finish in the Daytona 500 was second in 2002; which came after starting 41st in the 43-car field. Has recorded two top-fives and four top-10 finishes in nine previous starts in the Great American Race.

* Sadler's overall record at Daytona is three top-fives and six top-10 finishes in 18 previous starts.

Career

* First victory came at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2001 with his second and third coming at Texas Motor Speedway and fall California Speedway race in 2004.

* Three of his seven pole awards were earned at Talladeg Superspeedway,a sister track to Dayton a

* Has won three races while earning 16 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes in 321 starts.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler