Sears Point: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Dodge, may not be mentioned in the same breath as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya or the other so called, "road course aces" - but look at his results for the two...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Dodge, may not be mentioned in the same breath as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya or the other so called, "road course aces" - but look at his results for the two NASCAR road courses and that may change. Sadler has the second most points of any driver over the last 10 road course races, trailing only Tony Stewart, and is third in total points over the last 10 races at Infineon Raceway trailing only Gordon and Stewart. In fact, Sadler has finished in the top-15 at Sonoma in five of the last seven races, and four of the five were top-10 finishes.

ON INFINEON: "In preparation for Infineon we went to VIR last week to test and it went great. Infineon has always been a good track for me. There's a lot of up hill and down hill parts of the track that make it exciting and the esses are very fast. The double file restarts should make for a very crazy race. Our plan will be to qualify well, keep it on the black top all day, pass as many cars as we can and hope our fuel window plays in our favor."

ON WINE COUNTRY: "Over the past few years I've learned to enjoy all sorts of cabarnet and merlot wines, especially with steak. There are some great places to eat in and around Napa. Press is probably my favorite. Amanda has never been to Sonoma and this is her first week out of school so she'll be out enjoying wine tasting and wine tours on Friday."

ON FATHER'S DAY: "When I was growing up my father put a lot of time and effort into making me who I am today, both as a racer and as a person. I didn't really understand just what a commitment that was until I became a man myself, took a step back and now I really appreciate everything he did and does for me. I want to do the same for my kids someday."

Additional Notes of Interest

* In the last 10 races at Sonoma, Elliott Sadler is third in total points, trailing only Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. He has four top-10s, five top-15s, zero DNFs and has led three laps.

* In the last 10 road races, including both Infineon and Watkins Glen, Sadler is second in total points trailing only Tony Stewart. He has an average finish of 12.3 and has completed every lap.

* Chassis No. 243 will serve as the primary. No. 243 has not raced in 2009. No. 214 will serve as the backup for the first time this season.

* Sadler is currently 27th in the driver point standings, just 34 points ahead of teammate AJ Allmendinger, and 53 points behind Reed Sorenson.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya