STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Dodge, circles the trip to Dover on his schedule every season. The 34-year old Emporia, Va. native takes a personal interest in the Autism Speaks 400 because it supports a cause...
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Dodge, circles the trip to Dover on his schedule every season. The 34-year old Emporia, Va. native takes a personal interest in the Autism Speaks 400 because it supports a cause close to his heart. Sadler's niece, Halie Dru, was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and now Sadler, through the work of the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation (www.sadlerfoundation.org) spend a great deal of time and energy each season raising money and awareness for autism related charities.
ON THE AUTISM SPEAKS 400 AT DOVER: "This has become such a big weekend for the No. 19 team over the last few years. Everyone on my team knows how important autism awareness is to me and my family, ever since my niece Halie Dru was diagnosed with autism at age 2, that we always try to do as much as we can to help the folks at Dover promote this race and the cause. I think it's amazing that a racetrack has taken the name to its race and is now using it to help promote awareness for a good cause. I think that's awesome! I wish more tracks would get behind programs like this. I know that racetracks use their race naming rights as a source of revenue to help the racetrack make money, but it seems like the folks at Dover have found a way to get the best of both worlds by choosing a cause and finding corporate partners that support the cause to serve as presenting sponsors."
ON DOVER: "Richard Petty Motorsports and especially this No. 19 team is really in need of a good race. We started to hit our stride late in the Coca-Cola 600 and began to make up ground, but as luck would have it, once we started passing cars and running fast laps the race was red flagged for rain. That's really frustrating. I know this team is working their hardest each and every week to get better and faster, and we are finally starting to see the fruits of that labor at the racetrack. Now we just have to put it all together at one time and I have a feeling we can be running right up there at the front. I know we are capable. I hope this weekend is the weekend where it all comes into focus and we can put on a great show for the fans."
* The No. 19 Stanley Dodge will carry a 4-inch round Autism Speaks decal on the car this weekend at Dover.
* Sadler will play in the fourth annual Driver for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Classic hosted by Fox Sports Director Artie Kempner at the Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, May 28.
* Sadler is currently 28th in the driver point standings, just three points ahead of teammate AJ Allmendinger, and 19 points behind Reed Sorenson.
* Sadler led three races this season for a total of 29 laps. Sadler led more laps in the season-opening Daytona 500 than he did in all of 2008.
* Chassis No. 261 will serve as the primary. No. 261 last raced to a 32nd-place finish at Phoenix, and also finished 29th at Las Vegas. No. 259 will serve as the backup for the ninth time this season (most recently for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway).