Daytona II: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- This weekend No. 19 Stanley Dodge driver Elliott Sadler returns to Daytona International Speedway--the site of the "one that got away." Sadler put himself in position to win the Daytona 500, leading 24 laps before Matt Kenseth...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- This weekend No. 19 Stanley Dodge driver Elliott Sadler returns to Daytona International Speedway--the site of the "one that got away." Sadler put himself in position to win the Daytona 500, leading 24 laps before Matt Kenseth passed him on the final green flag lap. The pass came seconds before the yellow and eventually red flag ended the rain-plagued race. Sadler and his Richard Petty Motorsports team view Saturday's Coke Zero 400 as a chance at redemption and a piece of unfinished business.

Elliott Sadler:

ON THE SEASON SINCE THE DAYTONA 500: "There has not been a day since I left Daytona that I haven't thought about what might have been had we won that race. Winning the Daytona 500 is every driver's dream, but to win that race, on that day, would have been the best thing in the world for me as a racer. That would have been the best way to start the season off on the right foot. It would have been really amazing for our sponsor Stanley -- it was their first time as a primary sponsor of a car in the Daytona 500 and that would have been a great way to say thank you for their support. Now I just want to go back down there and do my best to win the race and go to victory lane. Our team has come together a lot recently and I would love to celebrate with all our guys that have put in so much hard work this season."

ON THE COKE ZERO 400: "The folks at Coke and especially the Coke Zero brand have been working around the clock to make the Coke Zero 400 a special event for the fans. We were in Atlanta two weeks ago and got a first hand look at what they have planned for this weekend. I think a lot of people are really going to appreciate all the hard work that they put into making this event fun and refreshing in Daytona for the fans."

* In the season-opening Daytona 500, Sadler started 30th and finished fifth in the rain-shortened event. Sadler led the 24 laps of the event, before being passed by eventual winner Matt Kenseth on the final green flag lap before the event was called due to rain.

* In the last 10 races at Daytona, Sadler is sixth in total points trailing only Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon.

* In the last 10 races at Daytona, Sadler ranks in the top-10 of each of the following statistical categories: Top-Fives (Two, Tied for 8th), Top-10s (Four, Tied for 4th), Total Points (1,180, 6th), Laps Completed (1,722, 7th), and Average Finish (15.7, 9th).

* Sadler has led six races this season for a total of 34 laps, including at least one lap led in five of the last nine points races. Sadler led more laps in the season-opening Daytona 500 than he did in all of 2008.

* Chassis No. 260 will serve as the primary. No. 260 last raced in the Daytona 500. No. 222 will serve as the backup for the third time this season (last Talladega).

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Elliott Sadler