Bristol: Elliott Sadler preview

Bristol Is Heaven On Earth To Elliott Sadler QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I love Bristol. Don't get me wrong, I have had my share of bad luck at that cereal bowl of a race track but I have also had some good times there. This is one...

Bristol Is Heaven On Earth To Elliott Sadler

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:

"I love Bristol. Don't get me wrong, I have had my share of bad luck at that cereal bowl of a race track but I have also had some good times there. This is one of the most fun races for the fans.

"I am still scratching my head on how we finished 5th last week in Darlington and lost two positions in the points, but that goes to show the level of competition in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. They wanted a 'points' race and they've got one. The M&M'S team is happy to be up in the mix.

"We tested at Bristol and worked on a lot of things that we've had trouble with at that track in the past. Off the track we are going to be banking on the performance of the M&M'S pit crew to gain track position. I have never had a pit crew like this one in my entire career - it's cool and adds a certain level of confidence to a driver knowing these guys are getting the job done week in and week out. They are the unsung heroes in racing.

"This week's race is going to be about as physical as they get. Turning left every three seconds about 2,000 times is tough both mentally and physically. It's nerve wracking but I love it."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT:

"We are taking chassis #15 to Bristol this weekend. It's a brand new car but we went to Bristol the week before last and shook it down. I think we had a great test and are looking forward to this weekend."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:

"Bristol is the coolest place we race at all year. When you get up on top of the roof you feel like you're over looking a huge college football stadium. Words really can't describe the atmosphere there and they can't describe how tough of a race it is either. The spotters really have to decide what to tell, or not tell, the drivers while they are racing. Regardless of what happens, it is 15 seconds or less away because the track is so small and so fast. I can't wait to get there. It's my favorite track to spot because I never get bored."

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

TEXAS TESTING-- Sadler and the M&M'S Crew will test at Texas Motor Speedway on March 24th.

PIT CREW STANDINGS-- The #38 crew had a great day at Darlington and are currently 4th in the standings.

RECORD HOLDING WIN-- Two of the last three Food City 500s were career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories: Elliott Sadler (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002). Both won from the two lowest starting positions of any race winner at Bristol: Sadler 38th and Busch 27th. Other drivers who scored their career Cup victories at Bristol include Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Ernie Irvan.

TOP 10--Elliott has been ranked in the top-10 all season long.

-ryr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ernie Irvan , Rusty Wallace , Elliott Sadler