Martinsville II: Elliott Sadler preview

M&M'S® Team Seeking Solid Martinsville Finish Elliott Sadler was the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to drive the newly resurfaced Martinsville Speedway - in a street car. Sadler's Winner's Circle appearance brought him to the half-mile...

M&M'S® Team Seeking Solid Martinsville Finish

Elliott Sadler was the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to drive the newly resurfaced Martinsville Speedway - in a street car. Sadler's Winner's Circle appearance brought him to the half-mile paperclip-shaped track where track president Clay Campbell gave Sadler a first look at the improvements. Sadler heads to the 32nd race of the year in fourth place in the point standings with momentum from his seventh-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway last weekend. Sadler has eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes this season - a career best for the Emporia, Va., native. The M&M'S® team is 157 points out of first place with four races remaining in the title chase.

QUOTING M&M'S® DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "The first thing I saw when I got to Martinsville was the addition of the SAFER barriers. Believe it or not on such a little track we are carrying a ton of speed into the corners. They also added the barriers on the inside of the straightaway walls. The addition of the barriers means that the track owners put safety first and it's a great thing to see. The track is smooth and from what I was told they really, really put a ton of effort into making sure it was as close to perfect as a track can be. They did a great job because the transition from the concrete to the asphalt is unbelievable. I'm glad they added another 100 feet of concrete. That will be a lot easier on the motor guys and on the driver. That was always the biggest obstacle here at Martinsville, getting the car hooked up from the concrete to the asphalt

"It's going to be a whole different Martinsville. The track record for qualifying is going to fall for sure. This will be the first time you will hear Elliott Sadler say I am looking forward to going to Martinsville. This M&M'S® team had an awesome test and Todd and the team have worked hard on the whole package for this race. My best finish is fifth but this is a wild-card race where anything can happen. We are expecting good things and hope to be lucky as well as good."

QUOTING M&M'S® CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We are taking the car we ran last month at Richmond to Martinsville. Elliott was one of the best cars out there that night but the finish didn't show. I think we are going to be pretty good. The main thing we need to do is finish ahead of the 97, 8 and 24 teams. Five hundred laps is a long race so we have to race smart on the track and in the pits. It will be a long day for us all."

QUOTING M&M'S® SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "The on-track action at Martinsville is non-stop and the track is so small that cramming 43 cars onto it guarantees excitement. It's been tough to pass there in the past so it will be interesting to see how the new surface plays into the side by side racing. This M&M'S® team needs another top-10 this weekend and staying out of trouble is a 'must' in order to do so. As the spotter I'm looking forward to Sunday because this is a place where I've got to stay on my toes for 500 laps."

-ryr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler , Clay Campbell