Bristol II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler Knows Anything Can Happen At Bristol Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team will make a stop at the half-mile oval at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Sharpie 500. A marked favorite on Sadler's menu of tracks, he often...

Elliott Sadler Knows Anything Can Happen At Bristol

Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team will make a stop at the half-mile oval at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Sharpie 500. A marked favorite on Sadler's menu of tracks, he often refers to Bristol as 'Heaven on Earth'. Sadler scored his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in March of 2001. Sadler has been running at the finish for 28 consecutive races which is the longest active streak to date. The M&M'S team is currently seventh in the NEXTEL Cup Series championship point standings - a marked improvement over the course of a year as they were 20th last year heading into Bristol.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "Bristol is a wild-card race. It's a track position and pit strategy race. Kurt Busch has won it the past few years on pit strategy and with a good car so I anticipate we will all be chasing him. Where he is on the track is important to me because I am racing him in the points to stay in this top ten.

"We have a really, really good car for this weekend and hope to just make the right calls, to not make any mistakes ourselves and to stay out trouble. The night race at Bristol has been bad to me the past few years - we have wrecked in just about every one of them. I just need to have a '100-point' day and that way we can focus on California and Richmond. We know if this M&M'S team can at least make 100 points on Saturday night we can stay in this top ten.

"Bristol is a track that has a lot of character. As a driver we race on top of each other and there is only room for one groove right around the bottom. Things happen so fast there that you can be driving off turn two and get right in the middle of a wreck that started in turns three and four. Bristol has such tight racing that you are almost forced into a lot of the on-track battles you don't want to be in. There is a lot of side-by-side racing and a lot of guys are racing to get into the top 10 so I don't foresee too much giving and taking going on. But, that's Bristol and you just have to go in there elbows up, hard-nosed and be ready to race the hardest race of your life. Anything can happen at Bristol - it's the nature of the beast."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We plan to take the same car we raced at Bristol this spring and finished 14th. If we can keep all the fenders on the car and stay out of trouble this M&M'S team will have a decent finish. That blown tire last week at Michigan was a bad luck deal for this team. We dreaded that all season long but were prepared and really pulled together as a team to get the best finish we could out of it. Although it wasn't a good day, it was good to see how much heart and determination these guys showed to get that car back out onto the track."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "The night race at Bristol is the most exciting race of the 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. It's my favorite track to spot because there is never a boring moment."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Elliott Sadler