Indianapolis: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Last season Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Dodge team led five laps and raced to a fourth-place finish in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Sadler was able to conserve his tires and the No. 19 team turned fast pit stops ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Last season Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Dodge team led five laps and raced to a fourth-place finish in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Sadler was able to conserve his tires and the No. 19 team turned fast pit stops throughout the day to put the car in the top-five at the end of the race. This year, Sadler will race the new Dodge R6P8 engine for the first time and is expecting to compete for his first race win of 2009.

Elliott Sadler:

ON OFF-WEEK PLANS: "I'm honestly just going to take it easy and go to the beach. I'm headed down to Myrtle Beach (S.C.) with family to play on the beach with my family and all the kids, playing some golf and really just trying to take advantage of the time off to reset my batteries and get ready to head into the second half of the season strong."

ON THE 2008 ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD: "It was a crazy race there's no doubt about that. The tire situation was unfortunate for the fans, but I think that NASCAR and Goodyear did everything they could given the situation to make it the best race they could. It was kind of like heat racing -- 10 to 12 laps at a time. We had maybe our best car of the year there last year and really had great pit stops all day long. The No. 19 team really gave a solid effort and we were right there at the end to collect a top-five. This year I'm going to be racing the new Dodge R6 engine there, so I really feel like we are going to be fast and racing for a chance to win at the end. This is the first time that we're running that engine in the No. 19 this year so I guess you could say I'm pretty optimistic based on what we've seen from the No. 9 over the last couple weeks. "

* Sadler will run the new Dodge R6P8 engine for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sadler finished fourth last year in the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard with the previous Dodge engine.

* In 10 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sadler has two top-five finishes (third in 2004, fourth in 2008) and started from the pole position in 2005. Sadler has led three times for a total of 76 laps at Indy, including five laps in route to a fourth place finish in 2008.

* In the races following an off-week since 2005, Sadler has recorded two poles (Bristol-1 2005, Indy 2005), four top-five starts, two top-five finishes (Second at Bristol-1 2005, Fourth at Indy in 2008) and five top-15 finishes in 14 total races.

* Chassis No. 278 finished 26th at New Hampshire and used in the Sprint All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. No. 259 will serve as the backup for the 13th time this season (last Chicago).

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler