Martinsville: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- This weekend NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler turns from racer to spectator to watch older brother Hermie race in the Camping World Truck Series. On Saturday afternoon, the Sadler family and friends will cheer for Hermie from a ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- This weekend NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler turns from racer to spectator to watch older brother Hermie race in the Camping World Truck Series. On Saturday afternoon, the Sadler family and friends will cheer for Hermie from a special motorcoach spot Elliott purchased from Martinsville Speedway. The spot is high along the backstretch and perfect for race viewing. On Sunday, Sadler climbs behind the wheel of the No. 19 Stanley Dodge for the Sprint Cup Series race where he will hopefully reunite with Crew Chief Kevin Buskirk who missed the race in Bristol last week due to illness.

ON CHEERING FOR HERMIE AT MARTINSVILLE: "This weekend will be a throwback for me on so many levels. First off we'll be at Martinsville, which is really close to the Wood Brother's shop in Stuart, Va. which means a lot to me. Then I get a chance to watch my brother race in the Camping World Truck Series on Saturday night. I spent a lot of time when I was younger going to the racetrack to watch my brother race and I get excited when we get a chance to see him back behind the wheel. And last but not least, I'm a Virginia guy. I was born and raised less than 150 miles from Martinsville. It's close to home and it's one of the more historic places that we race. I just hope that when the race ends on Sunday that I can say both my brother and I visited victory lane on the same weekend. If not, I want to finish higher than Hermie does. We still have a little sibling rivalry thing going on sometimes."

ON KEVIN BUSKIRK: "Kevin (Buskirk) was really struggling in Bristol and the team finally decided that it was time to step in and have him go get checked out to make sure everything was okay. Kevin is a tough guy and I know he didn't want to step away from the team, but it was the best thing for him at that time. Our first concern is to make sure that he's healthy. He's doing his best to get healthy and I know that he wants to be back on top of the box as soon as possible and hopefully this weekend in Martinsville."

ON ROBBIE LOOMIS: "Robbie (Loomis) stepped in last weekend and did a great job. That is an absolute testament to the Richard Petty Motorsports organization. We have a lot of very talented people here who are aware of what we are doing as an organization. When we need someone to come in to provide relief for a teammate its nice to know that we have someone the caliber of Robbie to step in. Robbie is a championship winning crew chief with years of experience and knowledge. I look forward to having Kevin back, but working with Robbie was a great experience."

* In 20 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Elliott Sadler has one top-five and three top 10s. He's led 49 total laps and completed 96.4 percent (9645 of 10,010) of the total laps.

* Sadler's best career start at Martinsville Speedway was seventh (April '06) and his best career finish was fifth (April '03).

* Sadler has an average starting position of 25.3 and average finish of 17.7 in 10 career spring races at Martinsville race, compared to a 33.2 start and 29.6 finish in the fall races.

* Director of Competition Robbie Loomis filled in as crew chief for an ailing Kevin Buskirk at Bristol. It was the first appearance as crew chief for Loomis since 2005 when he was the crew chief for Jeff Gordon.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler , Robbie Loomis