Phoenix II: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER'S PREVIOUS TRIP TO PHOENIX LEFT HIM STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Race teams spend a lot of time testing, preparing and engineering magnificent machines designed to withstand a torture test each...

SADLER'S PREVIOUS TRIP TO PHOENIX LEFT HIM STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Race teams spend a lot of time testing, preparing and engineering magnificent machines designed to withstand a torture test each weekend, but sometimes it just comes down to a rock or a piece of debris.

The No. 19 Dodge suffered such a fate earlier this season when visiting Phoenix. Sadler was running strong inside the top-five when a rock or piece of debris from the racetrack bounced underneath the car and caused the oil pump belt to come off, which led to a blown engine. The No. 19 Dodge retired from the race with a 41st place result.

"That is one of those racing deals," said Sadler. "It's frustrating. We spend millions on research and development to design parts and pieces that can withstand extreme conditions, but a rock or piece of debris can bounce up and ruin your day in an instance.

"We were having a great day up until that point. This time we are bringing the same chassis with the hope that it performs as well as it did that day, because we had an awesome car. But, we are also taking steps to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen again."

The No. 19 Dodge is racing with SIEMENS as the primary sponsor for the weekend.

Elliott Sadler:

On Racing at Phoenix: "Phoenix is a tough race track to prepare for because the corners are so different. In a way, it's kind of like Pocono -- you have to pick which corner you want to be good in and really work on it, but you're probably not going to have a perfect car for the entire racetrack. It's also tough on the engine and brakes, so you have to really be technically sound to compete all day."

Chassis Info: The No. 19 SIEMENS Dodge is racing chassis No. 243, which last raced at Loudon and used previously at Phoenix in the spring. Chassis No. 221 will serve as the backup.

Sadler at Texas: In 13 previous starts, Sadler has recorded one top-10 finish. He started from the outside pole earlier this season. Sadler has led a lap in two of his 13 career starts at Phoenix for a total of 16 laps.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler