Martinsville: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler to make 150th start at Martinsville Speedway. "I am so proud of this team. We gave "M&M's"® their first top-five finish in racing, and hopefully a win is just right around the corner." -Elliott Sadler on surviving ...

Elliott Sadler to make 150th start at Martinsville Speedway.

"I am so proud of this team. We gave "M&M's"® their first top-five finish in racing, and hopefully a win is just right around the corner."
-Elliott Sadler on surviving Talladega...

VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER:

"I really don't like Martinsville. I've never really had any luck there at all, and for me it has been one of the worst tracks on the circuit. Raymond and the guys have built me a brand new car though -- and it's so nice. I hate that we are taking it to Martinsville knowing its going to get beat on. The upside of all this is that Robert Yates Racing has always run good at Martinsville so hopefully we will be okay. If this "M&M's" team can make it through Martinsville okay, then we will be in good shape heading to California, Richmond and Charlotte."

VIEW FROM THE PIT BOX FROM CREW CHIEF RAYMOND FOX III:

"We built Elliott a brand new racecar for Martinsville. It should be a great car. We found out that Elliott does not like the same things that drivers in the past at RYR have liked -- so we essentially start from scratch with him. Communicating with Elliott is so easy -- he is so supportive and into this team, it's going great."

VIEW FROM ABOVE THE TRACK FROM SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:

"Spotting at Martinsville is a lot like spotting at Bristol because the cars run nose-to-tail all day. The biggest challenge is communicating with all of the other spotters. The roof will hold half of us on the turn four side and the other half of us on the turn one side with the radio and TV towers separating the two sides. It's about 30 seconds from one side of the roof to the other so if we need to chat with a spotter on the other side of the roof, Elliott will have to spot for himself for almost four laps while I make the roundtrip to the other side of the roof."

"M&M's"® RACING BITS AND PIECES...

NOTABLES...

- Elliott Sadler will make his 150th NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on April 13th.

- Sadler made the biggest move among the drivers in this week's NASCAR Top 10, improving 10 positions from No. 20 last week. He is 338 points behind No. 1 Matt Kenseth.

- Sadler Fan Appreciation Day will take place from 1:00-6:00pm on April 30th at Sadler Auto Center (500 block of North Main, Emporia, VA) There will be free hot dogs and drinks and other refreshments as well as door prizes and a souvenir trailer. Hermie and Elliott will participate in an autograph and question/answer session from 4:00-6:00pm.

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M&M'S HOOPS FOR HOPE WITH ELLIOTT SADLER...M&M's Hoops
For Hope with Elliott Sadler is a charitable basketball game set for May 15, 2003 at Halton Arena on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The game will pair NASCAR drivers and other local celebrities with members of the motorsports media pool in a one-hour shootout. Sadler, the all-time leading scorer for his high school basketball team in hometown Emporia, Va., will certainly practice his jump shot in preparation. All proceeds from "M&M's"®

Hoops for Hope with Elliott Sadler will go the Autism Society of America to fund research and the search for a cure. Artie Kempner, Coordinating Director of NASCAR on FOX, is on the ASA board and will take part in the event. Drivers scheduled to appear in addition to Elliott Sadler include Hermie Sadler, Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton, Tony Raines, Jamie McMurray and Dale Jarrett. Tickets will go on sale April 7th, 2003 at UNCC Halton Arena box office by calling 1-866-MYTICKET to charge over the phone. To purchase tickets online: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Brian Vickers , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing