Dover: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler and No. 19 Team Carry Momentum into Best Buy 400 at Dover STATESVILLE, NC -- Coming off their second top-10 finish of the season, Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge couldn't have picked a better time to get on a good...

Elliott Sadler and No. 19 Team Carry Momentum into Best Buy 400 at Dover

STATESVILLE, NC -- Coming off their second top-10 finish of the season, Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge couldn't have picked a better time to get on a good roll.

Best Buy will not only be the primary sponsor on their Dodge this weekend at Dover International Speedway, but is the title sponsor for this weekend's Best Buy 400 benefitting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at the one-mile, concrete oval.

Sadler finished eighth in last Sunday night's 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The finish not only moved them up three positions in points to 25th, but gave them a much-needed confidence boost. And, with Best Buy on the Gillett Evernham Motorsports car and race title, they're looking to back it up with another great run.

In addition to a special Autism Speaks paint scheme on the team's No. 19 Charger, Sadler will also sign the car's hood and GEM has agreed to donate it for auction. The auction will begin with the dropping of the green flag at www.sadlerfoundation.org and continue until June 19.

Elliott Sadler:

On what last week's finish means to you and the team: "We needed that top-10 in so many ways. After what happened at Darlington, and even the Showdown, everyone on this No. 19 team wanted to show what we could do when given the chance to race.

"Rodney (Childers, Team Director) and the guys have given me great cars every week. We work to make them better in practice and get them right for the race. When you don't even get the chance to race, it just frustrates me as a driver and my team for all the hard work that goes into getting a car ready."

What does a top-10 do for you and your team: "Man, it does everything. We can walk into Dover with our heads held high and feel good about what we did last week at Lowe's. We stayed in the game and Rodney and the pit crew did a good job on their end. It was the complete deal and gave us a top-10 finish. And, with Best Buy sponsoring the race itself this weekend, we really want to have a great performance for them. I like Dover; I've led a few races there and enjoy the high-banked action on the concrete. You absolutely have to go for track position there because if you get caught up in some of the stuff that goes on in the back of the pack, you're day is done in an instant."

About Best Buy sponsoring the race and their work with autism: "It has been absolutely wonderful what Best Buy has done for our team and joining my brother, Hermie, and I in helping raise money and awareness for autism. I had the opportunity to visit a school in Charlotte (Phillip O Berry Technology Center) where one of the Student Clubs for Autism Speaks is located. They are one of the first in the area and it was unbelievable that kids are doing what they are doing to help with autism awareness. The principal said the school population is about 75% in the poverty level, and to think they take their free time to raise money for others is just amazing. Needless to say, we're looking for a big weekend on the track and for autism."

Car Info: The team will use GEM No. 214, used as the back-up car during recent test at Lowe's

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Series NASCAR Cup
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