Elliott Sadler & M&M'S Team Prepared for Pocono QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "Pocono is a unique race track, and it always presents a challenge to teams. It is the most unique race track on the circuit. It has two very long ...
Elliott Sadler & M&M'S Team Prepared for Pocono
QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:
"Pocono is a unique race track, and it always presents a challenge to teams. It is the most unique race track on the circuit. It has two very long straight-aways and three very different corners. The first corner is a fast, banked corner and really propels you down the straightaway into the tunnel turn. The tunnel turn is a very fast corner and it is very tough to get through there two-wide. The final corner is very flat and certainly a very important corner. Exiting the last turn perfectly allows for a great run down the front stretch. It's the longest straightaway at the track so you definitely want to carry a lot of momentum exiting turn three. It isn't always possible to have your car setup perfectly for all three corners so it is very important to compromise and have a well balanced car that's fast everywhere."
"We led a lot of laps at Pocono last year and I had a lot of fun racing this M&M'S car there. I used to look at Pocono on the schedule and wonder how I'd do but now that I have the Yates horsepower it's a lot of fun to race there. Pocono is also about 45 minutes from M&M'S Headquarters in Hackettstown, N.J., so we'd like to get this #38 car in victory lane for the hometown crowd."
QUOTING CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT:
"We are taking chassis #17 to Pocono. We had a great test there last week and learned a lot. I think it is going to be a good track for us and generally Robert Yates Racing has had some great results at Pocono. I see that being more of the same this year."
QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:
"Pocono is a huge track so there are several obstacles for the spotters. The most important time for me to be on my game is during the restarts and watching in front of him for wrecks. The tunnel turn is a long ways from the spotters stand so you really have to pay attention to what is going on back there. It's also a place where you do not want to be two-wide. Passing is tough through the tunnel but if you can get a run on the inside of the guy in front of you it can make it a lot easier. After they go by the start/finish line the cars are going directly away from us. That makes it tough to tell when a guy is inside of Elliott or if he is just looking. It's a game we all call depth perception -- we have the same issue at places like Charlotte, Daytona and even Richmond. Elliott and I have a system in place for those locations and so far it has worked out well. It's easy for another driver to get a draft off of him down the front stretch so I'm sure I'll say looking inside a lot on Sunday."
NOTES OF INTEREST-- SADLER IN TOP TEN--
Elliott is one of four drivers who has been ranked in the top-10 all season.