Michigan: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler, M&M'S Team Equipped for Michigan Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team head to Michigan International Speedway for the 15th race of the season while sitting eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. Fresh off a ...

Elliott Sadler, M&M'S Team Equipped for Michigan

Elliott Sadler and the M&M'S team head to Michigan International Speedway for the 15th race of the season while sitting eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. Fresh off a 12th-place finish at Pocono, Sadler hopes to find Michigan's victory lane with the same car he won at Texas with in early April. Sadler's season has been successful so far as he has picked up three top fives and five top 10s in addition to his win at Texas during the first quarter of the season. Crew Chief Todd Parrott knows how to win at MIS as he has won there with UPS driver Dale Jarrett on three different occasions, with his most recent MIS win taking place in August 2002. One year ago Sadler was 19th in the point standings heading into Michigan.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I am looking forward to racing the M&M'S car in Michigan. Each week I study the points and see who we need to finish in front of week in and week out. We have some tough race tracks coming up with Daytona and Sears Point. They are kind of like two wild-card races, so we need to be finishing in the top 10 at Michigan to give us a little pad to get to those two tracks in case something happens - because anything can happen at those two tracks. The tracks that we know and we think we can run good at and be successful, we really need to log a top 10 or as close to the top 10 as we can so we're kind of near our mark where we need to be. One thing that I have seen with this team over the course of the season is we don't give up. As a driver it's hard to get down sometimes but I have great cheerleaders and a ton of confidence in these guys. We know how to overcome adversity and we think that that's made our team stronger.

"Last weekend in Pocono we had an okay performance. We mainly hung in there because the car was so aero tight and I couldn't do anything with it. Salvaging a 12th-place finish wasn't too bad. I think this weekend is going to be a good one and one where we can hopefully pad some points to get through the wild card races and then head to Chicago with confidence."

QUOTING CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "We are taking the Texas car to Michigan - we last ran it in the Coca Cola 600. Judging from that performance if Elliott was 100 percent healthy that night he may have had something more for the race winner Jimmie Johnson."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "Michigan is a large track so it's very tough to see everything that is going on everywhere all of the time. I try to break the track into sections and spot each section in front of Elliott as he enters them. The strategy at almost all of the tracks is to spot from his rear bumper forward. What happens behind him is not as important as what he is about to drive through. Michigan is a track where speeds are very high and they generally run around the bottom during qualifying but the groove for the race has a tendency to move up as the race progresses. That makes it challenging for spotters and can often be the recipe for accidents. I've spotted races at Michigan that were easy and I've spotted some that were difficult so you just never know what to expect."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Sadler