Martinsville II: Elloitt Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler on Martinsville Speedway: "We started in the middle of the pack at Martinsville in the spring and got bounced around like a pinball for a while. Track position is really important at that track because it's so hard to pass. We'll...

Elliott Sadler on Martinsville Speedway: "We started in the middle of the pack at Martinsville in the spring and got bounced around like a pinball for a while. Track position is really important at that track because it's so hard to pass. We'll have to concentrate on getting in a good qualifying run and then staying up front throughout the race. Still, at a short track like this one there are no guarantees, but we'll do our best to stay out of trouble and get ourselves a good finish for our Stanley Ford."

Crew Chief Todd Parrott's Thoughts on Martinsville: "Martinsville is a tough and grueling 500-lap short-track race. It's a place where you have a lot of wear and tear on your gear and your drive train. Brakes are really critical there. You need to be able to turn in the center, the car needs to roll the center really good and have good forward bite.

"It's also important to qualify really well there so you can get a really good pit selection because there are really only a couple of pit stalls that are ideal."

Chassis History: The No. 19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 652 for this weekend's event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at Dover (Del.) International Speedway several weeks ago. Sadler and the No. 19 team earned a 17th-place finish in that event.

Notes: Shock Specialist Ramon Zambrano will serve as one of the 43 Grand Marshals for this weekend's event at Martinsville Speedway. A shock specialist for the No. 19 Richard Petty Motorsports team and driver Elliott Sadler, Zambrano, an El Salvador-born crewman, grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Upon completing high school, he graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 2001 in Houston. On race day, he serves on the over-the-wall crew when NASCAR allows an eighth man.

"I like the fact everyone works as a team and contributes to the results of the weekend," Zambrano says. "I like to give it 100 percent every week and I know everyone on the team does, too. I just like that feeling. We're a team in the good times as well as the bad."

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports