Daytona II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team are sporting an Independence Day paint scheme as they have swapped out the colorful trademark colors of the ...

Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team are sporting an Independence Day paint scheme as they have swapped out the colorful trademark colors of the #38 M&M'S car for a red, white and blue patriotic collage. Sadler roars into Daytona a solid sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings, just one point shy of fifth place.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "The Pepsi 400 is always an exciting race to run. We're racing under the lights and the fans really love to see that. The M&M'S car is going to look cool with the special paint scheme. We're taking the same car we finished seventh with in the Daytona 500 and it was a great race car and qualified well. We started on the outside of the front row and qualifying well at restrictor-plate tracks is very important. Wrecks happen at anytime during the race. If one happens early and you are in front of it then all of the hard work for qualifying paid off.

"I've finished second and third in Daytona and won the Twin 125 this year so I definitely feel like as a race team we are capable of running well. This is a 200 mph chess match and if we're in a good position at the end to win then we will go for it. Handling really comes into play at Daytona at the end of a tire run so you will see drivers working harder behind the wheel which will mean less three-wide racing than you see at Talladega."

QUOTING CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We are taking the same car we ran in the Daytona 500 and Talladega. It's a good car in the draft and we are looking forward to a good, solid finish. This team has impressed me so far this year with their never-give-up attitude and the fact we are sitting sixth in the points right now shows that. Hopefully this weekend we will miss 'the big one,' keep our nose out of trouble and maybe have something to celebrate about when it's all said and done."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "The night race at Daytona is tough to spot because the lighting system at the track creates a bad glare on the cars. It's a wild night of racing and the four hundred miles creates a sense of urgency for the drivers and teams. Handling typically comes into play in Daytona so you don't see as much three-wide racing as you do in Talladega and that's certainly a good thing from the vantage point of a spotter."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler