Loudon: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler makes Richard Petty Motorsports' 2009 Nationwide Series debut on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Braun Racing will field the No. 10 Auto Value Bumper to Bumper car as well as the cars for Kasey Kahne...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler makes Richard Petty Motorsports' 2009 Nationwide Series debut on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Braun Racing will field the No. 10 Auto Value Bumper to Bumper car as well as the cars for Kasey Kahne at the four remaining Petty Nationwide Series races in 2009.

Sadler is an five-time winner in the Nationwide Series while Braun has visited victory lane four times in its history and posted seven top-five finishes in 2009 with Jason Leffler and Brian Vickers.

RETURN TO NATIONWIDE SERIES: "I'm pretty excited about all this. Racing is fun but when you go into a race knowing you are one of the favorites, that makes your job a lot more fun. Braun Racing has done a good job this season and I expect we'll have a great run Saturday afternoon. Auto Value Bumper to Bumper has been a loyal sponsor with our Petty team for a long time and I couldn't think of giving them anything better than a trip to victory lane. Plus this is a big race for this series since its being televised by ABC."

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON SATURDAYS: "I don't know if what you learn on Saturday has a direct effect on how you will race on Sunday. But, running well is never a bad thing. Maybe as a driver you can learn what the track will do as the race goes on or maybe you just work on your rhythm. But if you go out there, run well, build some confidence, that could translate over to Sunday's race."

* Saturday's race marks Sadler's 125th appearance in the series. He owns five victories and five poles all coming in 1997 and 1998 when he raced full-time in the series.

* Sadler finished fifth in the Sprint Cup race at NHMS in 2008.

* Sadler's Nationwide victories came at Nazareth, Myrtle Beach, and Gateway in 1997. In 1998 he won at Rockingham and Bristol.

* Richard Petty Motorsports has not raced in the series this season focusing instead on a fourth Sprint Cup team.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports