Darlington: Elliott Sadler preview

"LADIES" FIRST AT DARLINGTON FOR SADLER, M&M'S® CHARLOTTE, NC (May 3, 2005) -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the M&M'S Ford Taurus, will have two women to consider this weekend during Saturday's Dodge Charger 500. One "Lady" at times has been ...

"LADIES" FIRST AT DARLINGTON FOR SADLER, M&M'S®

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 3, 2005) -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the M&M'S Ford Taurus, will have two women to consider this weekend during Saturday's Dodge Charger 500. One "Lady" at times has been called "Too Tough to Tame." The other Sadler has known his entire life and she could be considered his biggest fan both on and off-track.

Of course the first is Darlington Raceway, which is commonly referred to as the "Lady in Black." Known for its tight and abrasive racing conditions, the track has become one of the "toughest" on the schedule for many of the NEXTEL Cup Series competitors. One exception has been Sadler who has claimed two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Sadler has started in the top-10 in seven out of his 12 Darlington starts with one pole to his credit.

Joining Sadler this weekend in Darlington will be his mother, Bell Sadler. In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, Mrs. Sadler will accompany her son across the stage during driver introductions and join several other NASCAR "Moms" in announcing the command to start engines.

Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:

On Darlington Raceway--"I love Darlington. It's a track that has a ton of history and I look forward to going there every year. This season we only go there once so we really want to have a great race since there in no second chance later in the season. I really want to win one there because that means I would have beaten the best. To win at Darlington says a lot."

"Not only is Darlington a very physical race, but it's also a mentally challenging race because the guy who has the best handle on his car and drives the smartest race will be the winner at the end. Darlington is abrasive and hard on tires and that wall can reach out and grab you. The reason Darlington is so tough is because the track itself is real narrow."

In honor of Mother's Day, Sadler's thoughts on his mother Bell Sadler.

*Bell Sadler will participate in the driver introduction events scheduled for Saturday at Darlington Raceway.

"It's going to be great to have my mom there with me this weekend. I miss so many holidays, birthdays, or things like that because we travel so much. So I know that it will mean a lot to not only me but to my brother Hermie as well to have her there on Saturday night. This is the first time that I've raced on Mother's Day weekend in awhile so it's really nice that the track has thought of a way to include the mothers that can be there with their sons."

"My mom grew up surrounded by racing. Her brothers were involved so it was something that was a part of her life even before I was born. She has always been one of my biggest fans. She is very involved with my brother's and my careers. She runs our fan club and helps me out with a lot of things on the business side. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what I do on Sundays, because I'm still just her son. She makes sure that we're doing what we need to do around the house, whether it's getting our laundry done or keeping the house clean. Hopefully this weekend, I can win a race and have her there in victory lane with me. That would be really special."

-ryr-

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