Talladega II: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler Pilots MONOPOLY® at McDonald's® Dodge at Talladega STATESVILLE, N.C. -- In the game of MONOPOLY®, Elliott Sadler always wants to be the racecar. This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Sadler will have his chance as he drives the No....

Sadler Pilots MONOPOLY® at McDonald's® Dodge at Talladega

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- In the game of MONOPOLY®, Elliott Sadler always wants to be the racecar. This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Sadler will have his chance as he drives the No. 19 MONOPOLY at McDonald's® Dodge on the 2.66-mile, high-banked Alabama racetrack.

"If racing were like MONOPOLY- Talladega would be Park Place," said Sadler. "Talladega is one of the race tracks that everyone wants to "own" or finish their best. We are hoping that our good friend, Mr. MONOPOLY, can provide us with some good luck for a great day and we can help McDonald's kick off its MONOPOLY game with a big win."

Sadler's had several memorable moments at Talladega, including winning the pole position three times and recording a third-place finish in the spring of 2003.

This weekend marks the final visit to a restrictor place racetrack for the 2008 campaign. To date, the No. 19 Dodge has recorded mixed results on the restrictor plate racetracks -- a sixth-place finish to kick off the 2008 season at Daytona, a 19th-place finish at Talladega in April, and a 39th-place finish in Daytona in July.

Sadler is coming off a 10th-place finish last weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Elliott Sadler Quotes

On Talladega: "Talladega is Talladega. It is the wild card of all the racetracks that we visit. You can go from first to fifteenth in less than a second. It is close, exciting racing -- literally less than an inch apart at times. One false move and you not only end your day, but could end the day of half the field. It is exciting to watch and always makes for great finishes, but from a drivers perspective it is all about focus, control and a little bit of luck. It's a 200 mph chess match and every move you make counts!"

On Past Talladega Experiences: "I've had some fast cars with a chance or two to contend for a win and also some of the most terrifying experiences of my racing career at Talladega. It's no secret that I have had a couple of bad wrecks where I've flipped and things like that, luckily I've always been able to walk away. The biggest thing for us is to staying out of trouble and run a good clean race -- if we can do that we'll be right there at the end. Our restrictor plate program has been getting better and better. We led a few laps at Talladega in the spring and had a top-10 run going until we were caught up in the wreck on the last lap."

Chassis Info: The No. 19 McDonald's/Monopoly Dodge is racing chassis No. 260; which is new and has never been raced. Chassis No. 222 will serve as the backup.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler