PARROTT BRINGS EXPERIENCE AT MICHIGAN FOR M&M'SÂ® TEAM CHARLOTTE, NC (June 14, 2005) -- At this point in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season last year, Elliott Sadler was eighth in the championship point standings. As he and the M&M'SÂ® Racing...
PARROTT BRINGS EXPERIENCE AT MICHIGAN FOR M&M'S® TEAM
CHARLOTTE, NC (June 14, 2005) -- At this point in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season last year, Elliott Sadler was eighth in the championship point standings. As he and the M&M'S® Racing Team head to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for the Batman Begins 400 this weekend, he currently sits third.
Last weekend, Sadler announced he will remain with Robert Yates Racing through 2008 with M&M'S returning as primary sponsor for the No. 38 Ford. When asked what one factor made him a contender to win week in and week out, Sadler pointed to crew chief Todd Parrott.
"I think the day we put Todd Parrott back on the box was the day we became a legitimate contender to run for championships," said Sadler. "I think just bringing his experience from day one back in to the whole team and the whole organization has been a big reason why we're back to where we're at right now. It's almost where we're getting to the point where we're finishing each other's sentences on adjustments to do with the car. When you're communicating that well between crew chief and driver, I think you've got a pretty strong race team."
There is no doubt that Parrott brings the know-how in getting to Victory Lane at MIS. He has posted three wins as crew chief for RYR teammate Dale Jarrett as well as two pole positions with the driver of the No. 88 UPS Ford Taurus. This weekend Parrott will make the calls from the top of the M&M'S Racing pit box looking to give Sadler his first win at Michigan.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
On Michigan International Speedway--
"We're bringing the same car to Michigan that we ran at both races at Charlotte and dominated part of the race at Dover. Hopefully, that car will treat us well again in Michigan. MIS is also real close to Detroit so of course it's a manufacturer's heaven and we all want to see a Ford in victory lane. It's an RYR type of track. Todd, my crew chief, loves to go fast and see our number at the top of the sheet. You need a lot of horsepower and we know that with the motors Doug Yates gives to us, we have the best out there. Hopefully we'll have a strong run this week in Michigan."
On Father's Day--
"Obviously, families are very important in NASCAR. I think Father's Day is special to everyone but in NASCAR it seems that much more special. There are a ton of families involved in NASCAR racing, so many father and son teams. I race for a father-son combination with Robert and Doug Yates."
"I know if it wasn't for my Dad, I wouldn't be where I am today. He has made a ton of sacrifices for my brother Hermie and so we could follow our dreams. He has sacrificed so much to help us race and when I was a kid I didn't appreciate it enough because I didn't understand it. Now that I am older I understand and realize what it took. He is my biggest fan by far and also my biggest critic. I am fortunate enough that he can come to the races and watch, and hope I can make him proud each and every week."
NOTES OF INTEREST--
* On Track-- Crew chief Todd Parrott has elected to bring the same car to Michigan that Elliott Sadler drove to a second place finish in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. A brand new car at the All-Star event, it has now seen a lot of action over the past month with additional appearances at the Coca-Cola 600 and Sadler's top-10 run in Dover.