Daytona II: Elliott Sadler preview

Sadler and No. 19 Best Buy Team Hope For Repeated Success at Daytona STATESVILLE, N.C. -- After a recent spate of good runs ruined by late race problems, Elliott Sadler's luck finally took a turn for the better last Sunday when rain ended the...

Sadler and No. 19 Best Buy Team Hope For Repeated Success at Daytona

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- After a recent spate of good runs ruined by late race problems, Elliott Sadler's luck finally took a turn for the better last Sunday when rain ended the race early at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and propelled the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge to a season-best, fifth-place finish.

But only those watching the scoring monitor closely knew how fast Sadler's No. 19 Dodge was in the final half of the race so that he could capitalize on the early ending. Sadler's lap times were as quick as the leaders after the midway point.

This week at Daytona, Sadler hopes luck is on his side this week and that his Dodge is just as fast as it was in the late stages of the Daytona 500 where he finished sixth. He owns three top-five finishes at the 2.5-mile restrictor plate track including top-six finishes in four of the last five races.

Sadler is 25th in driver points.

Elliott Sadler:

About racing at Daytona: "Daytona has always been one of my favorite tracks. I don't know why but there are certain places you feel comfortable at and Daytona is one of those tracks for me. In the Daytona 500 we kind of bided our time and there at the end we came on pretty strong. Who knows what to expect this weekend. Daytona is like a different track in July compared to February. Usually it is a lot slicker and handling becomes even more important."

Momentum after New Hampshire: "That was a great race for us but I'm not just talking about the finish. It was a great team building day. We were really struggling in the early part of the race and we were off the pace. But we talked out what we could do for the car and got it fixed about halfway through the race. It was night and day difference. That's the kind of thing that gives you confidence. We never gave up. If we run into something like that again we will know that if we keep at it we can solve just about any problem."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler