Richmond: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Dodge hope a trip back to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race helps the Virginia native continue the positive momentum the Richard Petty Motorsports...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Dodge hope a trip back to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race helps the Virginia native continue the positive momentum the Richard Petty Motorsports team created with a 19th-place finish at Talladega that also saw Sadler lead three of the final 60 laps.

ON RACING IN RICHMOND: "Richmond is in front of my home folks. I remember sitting up there watching the race. I was one of those people a few years ago and now I'm part of the show and that's a heck of an honor. We always try to put on a great show for the hometown folks."

ON BIRTHDAY PLANS: "I'm going out with family and friends for a nice dinner in Richmond. I have no real big plans for my actual birthday, but to be honest the best birthday plans I could have would be to celebrate in victory lane in front of all my friends and family on Saturday night. To win a race in front of my hometown fans would be so special that I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate."

ON DAVID POOLE: "David Poole was one of my favorite people and journalists in all of NASCAR. David wasn't afraid to speak his mind and let you know what he thought - that is one of the things that I loved the most about listening to him on the radio and reading his column. I listened to him on The Morning Drive regularly, if not everyday. He wrote and spoke about things with passion and he wouldn't back down. He took his craft very seriously and worked to make sure that he got the story right before he wrote or spoke.

"On a personal level, David was always one of the first people to stop me on media day in Daytona and ask me about the winter. He cared about the people that he covered and when we spoke it was often not about racing at all, but more often than not it was about family or North Carolina basketball. Our sport has lost a great journalist, ambassador and an even better person. He will be missed."

* Vote Elliott Sadler into the All-Star Race at www.nascar.com

* Sadler's Autism Awareness helmet will go up for auction at www.sadlerfoundation.org at 8 a.m. on April 30. The auction will close on May 19. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit autism related charities.

* Sadler's Autism Awareness helmets worn the past two years have raised a total of $13,567 through online auctions hosted by the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation's Web site. ($6,900 - 2008, $6667 - 2007)

* Sadler will celebrated his 34th birthday on April 30.

* Sadler's started in the top-10 three times at Richmond International Raceway. His best start was fifth (spring 2005). He has also started eighth (spring 2008) and ninth (fall 2007).

* In 20 career starts at Richmond International Raceway, Sadler has one top-10 finish (spring 2005) and has led a lap (spring 2000).

* Chassis No. 283 will serve as the primary. No. 283 previously raced in Martinsville.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports