SADLER SETS SIGHTS ON CAREER BEST FINISH AT DOVER CHARLOTTE, NC (May 31, 2005) -- After spending the majority of the month of May in either his home state of Virginia or at his secondary residence in North Carolina, it is time for M&M'S...
SADLER SETS SIGHTS ON CAREER BEST FINISH AT DOVER
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 31, 2005) -- After spending the majority of the month of May in either his home state of Virginia or at his secondary residence in North Carolina, it is time for M&M'S driver Elliott Sadler to hit the road as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series continues its 13 race stretch. This weekend the Series heads to the Dover International Speedway for its first visit to the "Monster Mile" during the 2005 season.
On Sunday, Sadler has his sights set on a top-10 finish at the concrete track as the Virginia native has posted one tenth place effort in his 12 NEXTEL Cup career starts. Sadler is currently third in the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings but just less than 120 points out of the 11th place spot. With the tight point's race, Sadler and the M&M'S Racing Team understand the importance of bringing their 'A' game every week.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
"At this track it is so very, very important to have the car handling correctly. The key to passing at Dover is getting a good run off the corner and making your move going down the straightaway. We are running extremely fast when we enter the corner so it is very tough to try and pass on entry unless you have a good run off the last corner. The car has to turn well and you have to be able to get into the throttle off the corner so you don't want to have to wait on the car."
"I think Dover is a great race track because it is very unique in shape. Sure, it is concrete like Bristol but it is much faster which means the car will travel more and the setup needs to be close to perfection in order to run up front. It's similar to Bristol in that it is how quickly you can get back to the throttle that will make up time on the track. We had a good run at Bristol earlier this year and our short track program has improved greatly since last season so it will interesting to see what things we can apply at Dover."
"I've qualified really well there for the races last season and it's important because pit road is so tight. Of course, it's important to qualify well for the track position but Todd likes to be able to pick early in the pit selection process to get our team a good stall. Whether it has an opening in front of it or behind it or not it may be just somewhere where we won't be so crowded if we have to pit under caution. Just last weekend during the 600, I was coming out of my pit box and we made contact with another car leaving pit road and damaged the right front fender so it's important for us to communicate to get in and out of the pits without any trouble."
NOTES OF INTEREST--
* Did you know?
* Robert Yates Racing has one team victory at Dover International Speedway. Sadler's teammate Dale Jarrett went to Victory Lane at the Monster Mile in June, 1998.
* Elliott Sadler is joined by Tony Stewart as the only active drivers to compete in the past 12 Dover races without posting a DNF.