Richmond II: Elliott Sadler preview

No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Looks for Success At Richmond STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team might as well refer to Richmond International Raceway as its home away from home. The No. 19 team features three Virginia...

No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Looks for Success At Richmond

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team might as well refer to Richmond International Raceway as its home away from home. The No. 19 team features three Virginia natives on its roster and they would all like to take their first trip of the season to victory lane at the .75-mile oval in Richmond.

Sadler grew up 40-minutes away from Richmond International Raceway in Emporia, Va., jackman Ed Watkins grew up in Richmond, Va., and engineer Kevin Kidd is originally from Tazewell, Va. The No. 19 Best Buy team knows that the fans are proud of their Virginia men and it would like to deliver a top finish for all of the friends and family that are in attendance for the trip to Richmond.

The No. 19 team is coming off a 34th-place finish at California and is looking for a quick rebound as it visits Richmond International Raceway for the final time in 2008.

Elliott Sadler:

On Racing Under the Lights at Richmond: "Richmond is a special place for me. I'm a very proud Virginian and those fans are proud of all their drivers who make it into NASCAR. I used to sit in those very same stands when I was a kid with my family members. A lot of the crew guys on the Best Buy Dodge are from Virginia, too, so it means a little more to all of us when we race at Richmond."

Do All of Your Friends and Family Come Out for This Race: "All of my friends and family come out to the racetrack for this race. This race is kind of like a homecoming football game when you are in high school or college where everyone you know comes out to the game and cheers for the hometown team. The fans always have a lot of fun cheering for the hometown guys and the team always wants to deliver for the fans."

Chassis Info: The No. 19 team will race GEM #253; which Sadler raced to a fifth place finish at New Hampshire in June. GEM #221 will serve as the backup.

Sadler at Richmond: In 19 previous starts, Sadler has earned three top-10 starts with two coming in his last two races. Sadler's only top-10 finish came May 14, 2005. He led one lap in his third career start at Richmond on May 6, 2000.

Sadler's Season: In 25 starts, has two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has 10 top-10 starts; including the last three race. Sadler started from the outside pole at Phoenix. Sadler has led four races for a total of 17 laps and is currently 20th in points trailing 19th by 63 points. For more of Sadler's '08 season statistics click here.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler