Loudon: Elliott Sadler preview

Both New Hampshire Races Important to Sadler in Points Chase Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team are seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings as they travel to New Hampshire International Speedway for the 19th race of the season.

Both New Hampshire Races Important to Sadler in Points Chase

Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team are seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings as they travel to New Hampshire International Speedway for the 19th race of the season. Sadler's best finish at the 'Magic Mile' is eighth - which he scored during his last visit to the track with the M&M'S team.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "We are going to take the best short track race car we have to New Hampshire this weekend. This race is important because we are going to try and learn as much as we can about the car and the track and hopefully finish solidly in the top 10. Our plan is to use this race as a test session so we are completely prepared for the second race since the second race at NHIS is actually the first race of the 'playoff' and the Chase for the Championship.

"Each weekend we are racing to get as many points as we can and trying to finish as consistently as possible. We are testing some new cars to get all the bugs worked out because once the last ten races arrive its show time and we will need to be on our 'A' game.

"I'm very happy with the way we're running. It seems like when we have a bad weekend and we're off, we're finishing 12th or 13th as opposed to maybe 28th or 30th, so I'm really happy with the work we're doing. We're so much closer now when we get to the race track on set-ups, which makes the weekend flow that much easier. My pit stops have been phenomenal and the guys are working together really well. It seems like we're getting stronger and stronger and we've kind of figured out what type of race cars we need to be successful. We're building more in that area and we'll have them ready by the time the race for the championship comes, so I'm really looking forward to that part of the season."

"The green white checker rule is kind of a double edged sword. I'm sure it will be exciting for the fans but it is definitely giving us another opportunity to tear up equipment. NASCAR is a great sport and this proves that they are keeping the fans best interest in mind. It will be exciting and I hope we don't see a lot of green white checkers but based on how this year has been we very well may."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "It's my opinion that the green-white-checkered flag ruling is a great rule for the fans. They are the ones paying to see dramatic finishes and now they will have it. For the competitors - it's not that good of an idea. We are all going to have to be prepared for the tempers that will be flaring at the end of each race that finishes with the aggressive driving this is going to create. I think there are going to be a lot of cars torn up as a result and what happened between the No. 9 and the No. 20 cars in Chicago may happen again. When you are in the heat of the battle sometimes things happen.

"We are in the thick of the point chase - so I am going to have to ask Elliott not to let his guard down and he will have to be as aggressive as the next guy. These next few races are so important and if we are one bit conservative we are going to find ourselves in a position we don't want to be in. We are taking the car we ran earlier this season in Richmond to New Hampshire. I expect a good weekend."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "It's (the green-white-checkered flag ruling) going to be a two-lap dash so it will be very exciting but wrecks can happen anywhere in the field. It's easy to see this as a chance to see a lead change but it is just as likely you will see a wreck there or further back in the field. You're giving the best drivers in the world the chance to improve their positions in two laps so I'm sure it will be exciting to say the least."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler