Michigan: Elliott Sadler preview

SADLER HOPING TO MAKE THE GRADE IN MICHIGAN "We tested here a week ago. It seems like we have made the grade when we did our homework so far this year." --Elliott Sadler on MIS test. VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER: "We ...

SADLER HOPING TO MAKE THE GRADE IN MICHIGAN

"We tested here a week ago. It seems like we have made the grade when we did our homework so far this year."

--Elliott Sadler on MIS test.

VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER:

"We learned a lot at our test earlier this month. Michigan is not a place that I've had really good luck in the past so I thought we should test out some new body stuff and chassis stuff. Neither the No. 38 nor the No. 88 from the RYR stable ran real well at California so we wanted to run over some things. Dale Jarrett has had some real good success there in the past so we took some of his notes as a baseline and went from there.

"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. We went and everything went good, and so we are looking for a good show when we get there next week.

"I have also seen MIS upside down. Back in 2000 when I was driving for the Wood Brothers I was in a heck of a wreck during practice. It was the first time in Wood Brothers Racing history that the No. 21 car went on its roof. My car went about as high as the catch fence in turn one, and tumbled end over end about 11 times. I will tell you what -- that was a wild ride but I was safe and unharmed. I hope to never see MIS from that angle again."

SADLER ON FATHER'S DAY:

"I think families are really 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 -- I race for a father-son combination with Robert and Doug Yates. Not only is Father's Day important in the garage, but from a fan perspective, Father's Day seems like its magnified. On any given Sunday, you can see many fathers with their kids sharing a special day at the track. It's a pretty cool deal."

"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 I 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. Its nice having my Dad around and its special to be able to race on Father's Day each year."

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

"We needed a better baseline so we decided to test. DJ had a win here last year, but we have been behind the 8-ball with some things so we needed to work on things after California's bad performance. I think things will come together soon for us and we will be back to where we were when this season started. I think every team has bumps in the road, the key is to keep the team together to get through it."

SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN'S VIEW FROM ABOVE THE TRACK:

"Michigan International Speedway is a fast, high banked race track. The race can be very exciting or boring. You never know what to expect when you go to MIS. I've seen races go caution free and I've seen yellow flag after yellow flag. There's no doubt about one thing: The beginning of the race is awesome and the spotters and drivers are working their tails off to make it through in one piece."

"M&M's" RACING BITS AND PIECES--

NOTABLES & APPEARANCES--

Elliott Sadler will visit the Big Apple, New York City on June 10th Jacob Javits Convention Ctr. In NY from 11:00am - 1:00pm

June 12th -Elliott will be appearing at Detroit Ford Fan Day. Appearance from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

June 19th -Autograph Session for M&M's at Sav Mart - Stockton, CA from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Elliott Sadler
Teams Wood Brothers Racing