Michigan II: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The last three times Elliott Sadler visited Michigan International Speedway in the No. 19 Dodge he has walked away with a top-15 finish including two top 10s. The 34-year-old Virginian is currently leading the way for a team...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The last three times Elliott Sadler visited Michigan International Speedway in the No. 19 Dodge he has walked away with a top-15 finish including two top 10s. The 34-year-old Virginian is currently leading the way for a team that likes to finish what it starts. Sadler is tied with Tony Stewart for the longest active DNF-- Did Not Finish -- streak in the Sprint Cup Series among drivers who have competed in every race. Adding to the streak is that every driver at Richard Petty Motorsports has finished every points race this year. The only other regular team that can make that claim is Stewart-Haas Racing.

ELLOITT SADLER:

ON THE DNF STREAK: "Having the longest DNF streak in the Cup Series in an impressive feat, but I honestly have to give most of the credit to my race team. The guys working on these race cars at the shop and the guys that travel with us each week are doing an amazing job. Our engines are as durable as anyone out there and I know the guys down in the Concord engine shop take great pride in that. We have had some really close calls--especially last week in Watkins Glen, but I've said it before and I'll say it again--my guys never quit! They bring their best each and every week and in my opinion they are the best in the garage. I'm happy they are on my team."

ON MICHIGAN: "We are really looking to get back on the right track this weekend. We've had a couple of tough weeks and we feel like we can get things back in line at a place like Michigan. We have been good there lately and I think it would be a huge boost for our team."

Additional Notes of Interest

* In the last fix races at MIS, Sadler has three top-10s and ranks 16th among all drivers in total points.

* Sadler is tied with Tony Stewart for the longest active DNF streak (45 races) of drivers that have competed in every race. Regan Smith is at 52 races, but has not competed in every race during that span.

* Sadler spent the week in Nags Head, N.C. competing in the 26th Annual Billfish Tournament at Pirate's Cove, a 76-boat deep sea fishing tournament.

* The Hermie and Elliott Sadler foundation has two new online auction items up for bid on SadlerFoundation.org. 1) 2009 Valvoline hat autographed by all four RPM drivers and "The King" Richard Petty. 2) A VIP fan experience package for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bidding opened Aug. 9 and ends on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Richard Petty , Regan Smith , Elliott Sadler
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing , Richard Petty Motorsports