Daytona II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler has made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway Sadler has posted four top-five and nine top-10 finishes on the Daytona Beach superspeedway Sadler stands 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver...

Elliott Sadler has made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway

Sadler has posted four top-five and nine top-10 finishes on the Daytona Beach superspeedway

Sadler stands 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings heading to Daytona

Elliott Sadler on Daytona International Speedway: "I think this will be a relatively normal Daytona race even though we're dealing with a bigger restrictor plate and the spoiler instead of the wing this time around. The track will be very slick and you're going to have to have a really good handling car. You have to be able to put yourself in the position at the end of the race to be handling well and get around the bottom. Wally and I have been communicating well so we have some pretty high hopes for the weekend. This race should be a lot of fun for the fans too.

"We're really looking forward to this weekend and to having the Air Force back as the primary sponsor on our No. 19 Ford Fusion. This is such an important weekend to remember the men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces and we're honored to partner with the Air Force each and every week. We'll try to get them to Victory Lane this weekend and celebrate a win on Independence Day weekend."

Crew Chief Wally Rogers' Thoughts on this Weekend: "There will be a couple of differences this time around. They changed the plate size so we'll be making more power and this will be the first time going to Daytona with the spoiler instead of the wing. Handling at Daytona has always been quite a bit more important than it has at Talladega so we'll probably focus more on that and being able to last all the way through the run.

"The Daytona in February and the Daytona in July are two totally different racetracks. The track has been sitting there backing in the sun. For probably three or four months it's been quite a bit warmer down there, so it does change. As far as what will happen when they repave this track, I think repaving will probably take the handling part of it out. I think it will go back to the way it used to be. Wide open, more of a Talladega style. We used to look forward to going to Daytona because a car that drove well could finish well there but I think it will become more like Talladega after they repave. We'll be focused more on speed than handling."

Chassis History: The No. 19 Stanley team has prepared chassis No. 283 for this weekend's event. This Ford Fusion was previously run in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

-source: rpm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler