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SADLER, M&M'S LOOK TO REBOUND AT NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARLOTTE, NC (July 13, 2005) -- After a 37th place finish last weekend in Chicago, due to a cut right front tire, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team head to New Hampshire looking to rebound with a...

SADLER, M&M'S LOOK TO REBOUND AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 13, 2005) -- After a 37th place finish last weekend in Chicago, due to a cut right front tire, Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Team head to New Hampshire looking to rebound with a top-10 finish, making their tenth of the season.

Last weekend's finish combined with a 21st place effort at Daytona has pushed Sadler from third to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. New Hampshire could be the perfect track for Sadler to get back "on track" in his attempt to return to the NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship.

Described as a fast short track, the Magic Mile is similar to the types of tracks where Sadler and crew chief Todd Parrott have shined thus far in 2005. Take a look at the Virginia native's performance at tracks such as Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix, Dover and Richmond -- all are a mile or less in length. Sadler has posted four of his season nine top-10s at the tracks mentioned above, the only exception being Phoenix where he finished eleventh.

Sadler, who tested at NHIS just over a week ago, looks for a strong performance at the track that will kick off the ten race Chase for the Cup in September.

Quoting M&M'S Driver Elliott Sadler:

"A lot of teams are putting a great amount of focus on this race now because it is the first track we come to in the Chase for the Championship. Everyone talks about how this is test session for the September race, but you have to keep that in the back of your mind. Right now our focus has to be these final eight races before the Chase starts and solidifying our spot in the top-10."

"Of course, we'll take what we've learned from this weekend and apply it when we come back here in September. We tested here a couple weeks ago because it makes sense to come before the first of the two races and go ahead and get your notes ready to race here in July. We're still looking for our first win of the season for this team and M&M'S and we think we have a good shot every weekend. With the way we've run this season at the shorter tracks we think we've got a good shot at New Hampshire."

"They'll be a lot of pit strategy this weekend again. Track position has become so important especially at a track like this. Todd has done a great job in calling these short track races this season and we've really stepped up that part of our program so I feel very confident to have him on top of the box making the calls on Sunday. It really helps a driver to know that you've got great people working in your pits with a game plan that could put you in position to win the race at the end of the day."

NOTES OF INTEREST--

Testing Update: Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S Racing Team tested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday in preparation for the Brickyard 400 on August 7, 2005.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler