Martinsville II: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for a homecoming of his own. Sadler, a native of Emporia, Va., has made the 150-mile trip west down US-58 to the flat 0.526-mile Martinsville Speedway to watch races...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for a homecoming of his own. Sadler, a native of Emporia, Va., has made the 150-mile trip west down US-58 to the flat 0.526-mile Martinsville Speedway to watch races since he was a child. Now, as he works to puts the finishing touches on his 11th full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Sadler would like nothing more than to win the TUMS Fast Relief 500 and add a signature Ridgeway grandfather clock to his home.

ON MARTINSVILLE: "It's all that's good about short track racing. You show up with a car that's perfect - not even a scratch on it - and when you pull in the garage after the race you can barely recognize it from all the beating and banging. You have to race as hard or harder at Martinsville than you do anywhere else, cause if you start towards the back you're already a half lap down. This may be one of the toughest places to race, but it's a throwback to how racing used to be around the southeast. This is the last track left from the original NASCAR schedule, kind of like a Fenway Park, but it's as important to our sport now as it's ever been. Plus, I would love to add a Ridgeway grandfather clock to my home, but I have to win it."

ON FANS AS GRAND MARSHAL: "Honoring the fans as grand marshal is one heck of a cool idea. Martinsville does a lot of great things every year, but this is probably the best idea in a long time. And especially at a place like Martinsville that has been around since the very beginning. I think it's really going to be something special and I'm looking forward to it."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler