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Sadler Sets Sights on New Hampshire and Chase to Championship Sadler Championship Chase Starts this Weekend in New Hampshire The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway marks the first weekend in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the...

Sadler Sets Sights on New Hampshire and Chase to Championship
Sadler Championship Chase Starts this Weekend in New Hampshire

The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway marks the first weekend in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship. Currently, Elliott Sadler is sixth in the point standings, 25 points behind current leader Jeff Gordon. Sadler has one top-10 finish at New Hampshire, which he scored one year ago during the fall event.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I have been racing for 22 years and this is definitely the most fun I have ever had in a racecar. We decided to take our California car to New Hampshire so we plan on putting our best foot forward, go up there and see what we have for those guys. As I have been saying all along, I don't think NASCAR could have written the script better for how this whole new point system is shaking out. I have always liked it, but I want everyone to know that had the point system stayed the same as it was when Matt Kenseth won it last year I still think this team would have been exactly where we are today.

"For me to be here in the top 10 alone is a huge personal accomplishment. M&M'S as a sponsor has waited 14 years to be where we are today and the excitement out of the plants and offices is unbelievable. The best I have ever finished in the points is 20th and now its time to go out and race these other nine guys for a championship. I think if this M&M'S team keeps doing what we are doing back at the shop, in the pits and on the track we have a legitimate shot. I think the media may have thought I was crazy when I said that at the beginning of the year - I said it because I meant it and I still think it can happen.

"As far as the racing goes this weekend, I think a lot of guys in the top 10 are not going to give and take as much because every point means so much. We're only 25 points out. We can go and have a top five and we can come out with the point lead - that's what I love about this championship chase, and it should be fun. We can't forget about those guys racing for 11th and the guys with nothing to lose who want to win races just as bad. It's going to be quite a show."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We are taking the car we won California with and ran earlier this season at Indy. So far that car hasn't finished outside of the top three so we are looking to keep that streak alive. It's time to go racing and it's really cool that we are only 25 points out of first right now and the difference of five finishing positions could very well put us out front.

"There are some similarities in my working with Elliott Sadler and racing for a title and winning one with Dale Jarrett in 1999. I have to say, Dale has helped Elliott so much over this season. They can talk to each other and Dale's experience helps Elliott to understand what he needs to be feeling in the car. It's been a great ride so far this season and I am just excited about taking it to the next level."

NOTES OF INTEREST--STREAKIN'--Elliott Sadler has been running at the finish for 31 consecutive races -- the longest active streak.

PIT CREW ON TOP--The M&M'S Chocolate Thunder crew has once again risen to the top of the point standings of the McDonalds Pit Crew Championship fueled by POWERade.

SADLER IN NYC--Elliott will be on the following programs as a part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Chase for the Championship media blitz in New York City on Thursday, September 16th: ALL TIMES EASTERN: 8:30am Live segment on TODAY (NBC); 9:00am-10:30am LIVE with Regis and Kelly; 5pm MTV's Total Request Live

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TRACK FACTS: Race: 27 of 36, Track Size: 1 miles, Broadcast: TNT 12:30pm ET and MRN Radio

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Elliott Sadler