Texas: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER & FRIENDS SEARCH FOR SECOND VICTORY IN TEXAS CHARLOTTE, NC (April 4, 2006) -- This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to the Lone Star State for racing action at the Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to its passionate NASCAR ...

SADLER & FRIENDS SEARCH FOR SECOND VICTORY IN TEXAS

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 4, 2006) -- This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to the Lone Star State for racing action at the Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to its passionate NASCAR fans, the great state of Texas is known for its love of cowboys, country music and football so leave it M&M'S® driver Elliott Sadler to cover all the bases for this weekend's Samsung Radio Shack 500.

Supporting the "Candyman" and Team 38 are Sadler's good friends, country music recording artist Blake Shelton and National Football League (NFL) quarterback Tommy Maddox. Sadler's friendship with Maddox started after the two met at a local golf tournament two years ago. Maddox ended up at the race as a guest of Sadler's and then in Victory Lane when the M&M'S Ford took the checkered flag first in 2004.

Sadler has always proclaimed if he was not a race car driver, he would love to be a country music singer. So no wonder, Sadler became fast friends with Shelton as well as appearing in two of the Oklahoma native's music videos for the singles "Ol' Red" and "Some Beach." Shelton is scheduled to join Sadler for the race on Sunday after performing at the legendary Billy Bob's Texas on Saturday night.

Quoting M&M'S Driver Elliott Sadler:

"I haven't been too shy about how I feel about running at Texas. It is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It is one that we circle on the schedule every year. The fans in Texas are unbelievable. Eddie (Gossage) does a great job here and we always have great crowds, fans that are excited to see us come and race. We're bringing the same car we ran in Atlanta to Texas. We've made some changes to it and feel really excited about our chances this weekend."

"Martinsville was a good run for our team. We feel like we're really coming together. Tommy (Baldwin) and Slugger (Labbe, crew chief #88 Ford) have been working so hard to get our two teams running where they should be, back to running up front every week. Texas is a big weekend for our team. We're back in the top-10, we've got a couple of short track races behind us and we're ready to head to Fort Worth for the race this weekend."

On returning to a track where he has won--

"It's comforting for me because I try to explain it to people like this. Some golfers go to certain golf courses and it fits their swing or their golf game better. This track fits my driving style. I love this place. I know when I leave pit road for the first lap where I need to be on the track, how much throttle I need to have, how much brake - the whole nine yards - and I have a sense of comfort here, probably more than anywhere else we go."

On Texas Motor Speedway--

"Actually, I think I was the first-ever race car on here when I brought my Busch car down here in 1997 with Diamond Ridge. I think we were the first-ever car to test here. I think the guys (other drivers) just weren't used to such a fast race track. I think they had it pictured in their head that this was another Charlotte and another Atlanta, but when they got here the straightaways were a little bit shorter, the curves were a little bit longer and it was just a lot faster race track. I think that caught everybody off guard. When you have new asphalt we're going to run single-file, that's just the way it is, but now this track has aged. This track is going to get better and better each and every year the more it ages."

-ryr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler