Talladega: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER'S BIRTHDAY WISH: A WIN AT TALLADEGA CHARLOTTE, NC (April 26, 2005) -- This weekend Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S® Racing Team travel to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499. At 2.66 miles in length, Talladega is the largest...

SADLER'S BIRTHDAY WISH: A WIN AT TALLADEGA

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 26, 2005) -- This weekend Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S® Racing Team travel to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499. At 2.66 miles in length, Talladega is the largest track on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule and at times has provided Sadler some of the largest disappointments in his seven year career.

In his 11 starts at Talladega, Sadler has cracked the top-15 only once finishing third in the spring race two years ago. While his numbers may not be impressive, Sadler's performances on race day have been. A number of solid top-10 efforts have been erased at the mercy of restrictor plate racing and 42 other competitors.

On Saturday, Sadler will celebrate his 30th birthday. While for many the big 3-0 is tough to accept, the easy-going Virginia native is taking this birthday in stride. But when it comes time to blow out the candles on his cake what will Sadler wish for? A good guess would be a win on Sunday for the M&M'S Racing Team.

Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:

On Talladega Superspeedway-- "It's really hard to ask 43 human beings to be perfect for three and a half hours. It is well documented that I haven't had a lot of luck at Talladega and while we've had some good race cars there over the past two seasons, we haven't had a lot to show for it."

"Since coming over to Yates three years ago, I think I've only started at Talladega once outside of the top-10. Doug Yates always gives us great horse power to come to these restrictor plate race tracks and Todd does an amazing job working on the cars making sure our aero is right."

"I always feel confident when we unload here and go out on the track but I'm not the only one out there racing on Sundays. A lot of times it's about being in the right place at the right time or just not being in the wrong place at the right time. I know Brett (Griffin, spotter) is looking out for me on the roof. I'd love to have a win here to celebrate my birthday but we're just going to try come out of here with a top-10 finish, stay up in the top-10 in points and look forward to our next race."

On turning 30 years-old on Saturday, April 30-- "Thirty to me is just the next number in line. It's not a big deal. There are a lot of people that get worked up about a big birthday like this one. They get upset or worried about it but it hasn't been a big deal to me so far. Maybe I'll worry when I get to 40 but to me it's more about what you've accomplished or how satisfied you are with life than what age you are."

"Right now I am in good health. I am doing something that I love so I haven't really thought about it too much because my I'm pretty happy where I am in life. I'm friends with so many different people. Some are in their 20s and some are in their 40s. To me it's not your age but your personality, your state of mind that really matters."

-ryr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler