Martinsville: Elliott Sadler preview

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES: "We were pleased with the performance of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger at Bristol. The crew had the car balanced and fast. Unfortunately, we had a problem which required unscheduled pit stops. That put us at...

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES:

"We were pleased with the performance of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger at Bristol. The crew had the car balanced and fast. Unfortunately, we had a problem which required unscheduled pit stops. That put us at a disadvantage we couldn't overcome. So, we're disappointed in the finish. As far as our Car of Tomorrow, I think we have to give the Avengers from Evernham Motorsports good marks after the first COT race.

"All the teams had two days of testing with the COT at Bristol. That's not the case at Martinsville. Josh (Browne, team director) and his team have developed the package we'll start practice with. We'll see how that goes. At Evernham Motorsports, all three teams work very closely together and share information. That will be valuable this weekend at Martinsville. Finding the right balance is the secret for a fast race car.

"Martinsville is one of two tracks hosting a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in my home state. I'm excited."

SADLER'S PICK TO WIN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: FLORIDA

"Experience is the key that will provide a second consecutive championship for the Gators. I had picked North Carolina to win it all before the tournament started".

QUICK FACTS

* Sadler's best finish at Martinsville came in the fall of 2005 when he finished fifth.

* Throughout his 16 career starts, Sadler has completed an astonishing 98 percent of laps run at Martinsville. He's turned 7,839 circuits at the classic short track.

* He has accumulated just two DNF's in his 16 starts at the tough, half-mile track.

* Sadler is ranked 16th in the top 20 of all time money winners at Martinsville Speedway. He has accumulated $1,155,858 in earnings.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler