Michigan II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler Staged to Make 200th NEXTEL Cup Start at MIS Elliott Sadler will make his 200th career start at the Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Sadler scored his first top-five finish earlier this season at the two-mile track...

Elliott Sadler Staged to Make 200th NEXTEL Cup Start at MIS

Elliott Sadler will make his 200th career start at the Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Sadler scored his first top-five finish earlier this season at the two-mile track and is currently sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship standings. Crew chief Todd Parrott guided Sadler's teammate, Dale Jarrett, to victory on three occasions picking up wins at the track in 1996, 1999 and most recently in 2002.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I think it's cool to be making my 200th start in NEXTEL Cup racing. I tell people all of the time that I've been privileged enough to drive for the best two teams in racing. The legendary Wood Brothers and Robert Yates have taught me a lot about racing and a lot about life. I'm still great friends with the entire Woods' family and I'm looking forward to every race that I run with Robert Yates Racing. I've had some ups and downs throughout the 200 races but have grown as a driver and now I am enjoying the best season of my career.

"I know there are many other drivers who have reached higher milestones than making a 200th start - but to me it is special because I know where I came from and how hard it is to be successful at this level. I am real appreciative of everyone who helped me get to where I am today.

"The last race at MIS I learned a lot about what I need in the car on Saturday to be good on Sunday. Todd (Parrott) and I have a game plan for this weekend and I think we are going to be pretty stout. With only four races to go before the "Chase" we are still racing everyone from sixth on back. There are some guys that are going to pull out all the stops to make it into the top 10 and I expect the racing to get even more aggressive than it's been."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We are taking the same car we raced earlier this season at MIS when we finished fifth. It's the same car we ran at Texas and Lowe's. We tweaked some things and judging from how awesome the motors were in Indianapolis I expect we should be one of the teams to beat this weekend.

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "Michigan can either be a very exciting race or it can consist of long green -flag runs. It's a multi-groove surface so that always makes it exciting for the spotters. We have to watch for other drivers coming inside or outside and still stay focused on wrecks that may occur ahead of our driver. I'm really looking forward to Michigan this weekend because we ran very well there earlier this year."

-ryr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing