Homestead: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER'S PREPARES FOR LAST RACE OF 2008; BIG OFFSEASON PLANS STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2008) -- Elliott Sadler is finishing his 11th season as a Sprint Cup Series driver, and his 10th as a full-time driver, but he has never had an...

SADLER'S PREPARES FOR LAST RACE OF 2008; BIG OFFSEASON PLANS

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2008) -- Elliott Sadler is finishing his 11th season as a Sprint Cup Series driver, and his 10th as a full-time driver, but he has never had an off-season like the one that is ahead of him this year.

Sadler is getting married to his fiancee, Amanda, on Jan. 17 in his hometown of Emporia, Va. When he returns to Daytona International Speedway in February to start the 2009 Sprint Cup season he will do so as a married man for the first time in his career.

"I'm really excited to start this chapter of my life," said Sadler. "Racing and family have always been the most important things in my life. Now, I'm going to be taking the first step towards starting a family of my own with my best friend in the world.

"It's going to be a great off-season, but I have some unfinished business to take care of at Homestead-Miami this weekend. We want to win a race and this is our last chance to do that this season. All of the guys on the No. 19 team have worked hard all season and a win this weekend at Homestead would be the best way to say thank you for all their hard work."

The No. 19 Dodge is racing with Hellmann's as the primary sponsor for the weekend.

Elliott Sadler:

On The 2008 Season: "We set out a lot of goals at the beginning of this season. While we may not have accomplished all of our goals this season, we made significant gains that are going to help us reach some of those goals next year. As a race team, our goal every year is to make the Chase and win a Sprint Cup Championship. (Crew Chief) Rodney (Childers) and I now have a year under our belts working together and things have worked out pretty well. We hope to take what we learned this season and take another step forward in 2009."

On Off-Season Plans: "This is going to be the best off-season of my career. I'm getting married in January to the women of my dreams, spending a lot of time with family and friends, and spend a lot of time in the woods hunting. It's going to be busy, but a good kind of busy. My goal is to come back in 2009 with a renewed energy and focus to help us make a competitive run at the Chase for the Championship."

Chassis Info: The No. 19 Hellmann's Dodge is racing chassis No. 256; previously raced at Indianapolis, Michigan (August), California (August) and Kansas. Chassis No. 240 will serve as the backup. Sadler won the pole position for the Sprint All-Star Race in No. 240 at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Sadler at Homestead: In nine previous starts, Sadler has recorded one top-10 finish. He has led a lap in two of his nine career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway for a total of 18 laps.

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