Chicagoland: Elliott Sadler preview

Tropicana 400 could get 'Juicy' for Elliott Sadler "I am looking forward to the 20-week stretch and know this M&M'S team has an opportunity to gain some positions in the points. I really think we can pull it out this last half of the season and...

Tropicana 400 could get 'Juicy' for Elliott Sadler

"I am looking forward to the 20-week stretch and know this M&M'S team has an opportunity to gain some positions in the points. I really think we can pull it out this last half of the season and finish in the top-10. We just got a new car chief and I think we are going to be alright."

--Elliott Sadler

VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER:

"The backstretch at Chicago is not quite straight. I think it makes it fast. Also, we have tested at Kentucky a few times this year which is a similar track to Chicago. I think if you can get through turns three and four and show that Robert Yates horsepower down the front stretch, we should have something for them. No one else has won there except Kevin Harvick so a whole bunch of us are looking for a shot at the win."

VIEW FROM THE PIT BOX WITH CREW CHIEF RAYMOND FOX III:

"We will be taking our Winston car to Chicago. It has a totally new body on it so we think it will run better than it did at the Winston. With tracks like Chicago we can apply what we have learned from similar tracks like Vegas or Kansas and apply it. We had a great car in Daytona, and just got loose there at the end. I would like to see the M&M'S team up front again this weekend in Chicago."

SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN'S VIEW FROM ABOVE THE TRACK:

"Chicago is one of the 'cookie cutter' tracks. The place hasn't had a lot of grip anywhere except right on the bottom so in the past all of the spotters have worked very hard to keep their drivers right around the bottom of the track. Hopefully this year the track will have matured some and these guys will be able to put on a good show."

NEW CAR CHIEF--

M&M'S Racing welcomes Dave Smith to the No. 38 team. Smith is a two-time member of the World Champion DEWALT Pit crew and recently worked with Jeff Gordon. Smith will serve as Elliott Sadler's Car Chief under crew chief Raymond Fox III and change the front tires on the M&M'S Ford Taurus.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION--

at CUB FOODS on Thursday - July 10th from 5-7pm for M&M's. The store address is 191 South Larkin Avenue Joliet, IL 60436-1245.

QVC LIVE--

Friday - July 11th Elliott will be featured on QVC Live from the track at 8:00-9:00pm EST.

TESTING--

The M&M'S Team will test at the Brickyard from July 14-16th in Indianapolis.

M&M'S GROOVY SUMMER--

M&M'S is launching their Groovy Summer promotion with a special paint scheme at Daytona and Chicago. The No. 38 has transformed into a throwback from the late 60's sporting a tye-dyed colorful paint scheme. Elliott Sadler will feel as Groovy as he looks in the tricked out car, as the 'M' Characters will also let their hair down and sport hippie do's. The lucky winner who finds a pack of M&M'S with all Groovy candy will win $5,000 every summer for life! For more information on the promotion please go to MMs.com.

THE MAN BEHIND THE PAINT SCHEME--

Michael Rios is a native of Oakland, California and a graduate of the prestigious San Francisco Academy of Art College. His body of work includes hand-painted murals in San Francisco's famous Mission District, original paintings, unique clothing designs, and a series of lithographs. He has been creating art for Carlos Santana since 1987, examples of which can be seen on Santana's most recent CD covers and stage backdrops such as "Sacred Fire", "Harmonious Convergence", "Embrace Your Absoluteness", and "Mumbo Jumbo".

Images of Rios' work can also be found on wearable art, including shirts worn by Carlos Santana and many other artists. The imagery on the clothing depicts rock, jazz and blues greats such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Rios recently designed the CD cover of Steve Winwood's new album "About Time", due to be released in June 2003.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler