Martinsville: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler Carrying Momentum To Martinsville QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders now that we got that first win under our belts. You might see a whole new Elliott Sadler behind...

Sadler Carrying Momentum To Martinsville

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:

"I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders now that we got that first win under our belts. You might see a whole new Elliott Sadler behind the wheel. This was exactly what we needed to build our confidence, build equity in this team and chase that championship. It's just cool."

"Fresh off a win I will probably be like a horse coming out of the gates when I get behind the wheel for practice at Martinsville. Even though he has been preaching patience all this time my crew chief Todd Parrott told me that might not be a bad thing. Martinsville is like a train wreck waiting to happen. It's too small, narrow and flat to fit 43 cars on it and the leaders sometimes start putting cars a lap down in less than 10 laps. It's easy to lose track of who is where however, this year we plan on being out front like we were last year. I also like racing at Martinsville because it is only a few hours from home."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT:

"We are taking the same car Elliott finished 5th with here last year. We just made some changes since then and learned a lot about what he likes and doesn't like in the car. The #88 team tested in Martinsville and we also learned from them. Elliott will be decent in qualifying and that will give us a good pit road spot. I have been strategic this year in where we pit but qualifying good on Friday helps a lot when picking pits for Sunday.

"The biggest thing we will work on this weekend is getting the car to turn in the center of the corner for Elliott. Martinsville is hard on drivers, brakes and the car in general - but I know Elliott can get the job done."

"I'm still on cloud nine that we got that first win out of the way. We aren't going to stop at that, I'm confident of it."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:

"A good day at Martinsville is finishing on the lead lap because most of the time that means you'll have a shot at a top 10. Consistency is the name of the game for the first 26 races. A DNF or not finishing on the lead lap would probably be the ingredients for a bad weekend."

-ryr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler