Sears Point: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler and No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Team Head West with Momentum STATESVILLE, NC -- Coming off their third top-10 finish of the season, Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge team is looking to build on that momentum this ...

Elliott Sadler and No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Team Head West with Momentum

STATESVILLE, NC -- Coming off their third top-10 finish of the season, Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge team is looking to build on that momentum this weekend - even if it means putting it to test on a road course.

Such will be the case when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the 11-turn, 1.99-mile track of Infineon Raceway in California. As the first left and right-turn test of the season, Sadler and the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team head west prepared for the task.

Elliott Sadler:

On finishing ninth last week at Michigan: "That was something this entire team needed. I needed to put together an entire race, the team needed to see its hard work in the shop pay off on the track and we needed to show that Gillett Evernham is getting better and better all around."

Toughest part about Infineon: "You get absolutely no breaks at that track. You are constantly thinking of what to do next, where and when to turn, what marks to hit and when to brake. There are 12 turns there and you go from the left to right so many times all day it makes your head spin. You cannot have any mistakes through the turns or you end up off the course."

Best part about Infineon: "There at two things I like about this race -- the fans and the heights. The fans are just great out there and they seem so happy to see us race in their area. And, I really like the different elevation levels as you race around Infineon because it's something we don't do every week. I like road courses; but I'm glad there are only two on the schedule."

How do you prepare for this race: "Actually, our preparation started with a recent test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) where we really put ourselves through the paces. I learned a lot from Rodney (Childers, Team Director) and he learned a lot about how I like to drive road courses. But, for this weekend it starts with the first practice session on Friday. I will go out there and push my Dodge to the limit in every area on that course. Once you establish how far you can go, that's when I really start to drive the car. With every lap in practice, you find out just what you can and can't do with your car."

Car Info: The team will use GEMS No. 213; last raced at Bristol by the No. 19 team and is a former No. 10 team car.

-credit: gem

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler