STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger team are headed to the tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. coming off their best finish of the season last week in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The No.
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger team are headed to the tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. coming off their best finish of the season last week in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The No. 19 team is looking to record their third consecutive top-15 finish.
The No. 19 Best Buy team returns to the 2.5-mile tri-oval looking to improve on a 34th place result back in June. The final result of the June race is deceiving as the No. 19 led six laps, ran in the top-10 for most of the afternoon and was racing in the 16th position before experiencing tire woes which forced the team to pit late in the race under green flag conditions and loose valuable track position.
The Emporia, Va. native has 19 starts at Pocono Raceway and has earned two top-10 finishes. Sadler is currently 21st in driver points trailing the 12th position by 403 points with six races remaining before the start of the 10 race Chase for the Championship.
ON HIS TOP FOUR FINISH IN THE ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD "The Allstate 400 was such a huge race for us from so many perspectives. We were able to bring in a brand new car, practice well, qualify well and at the end of the day record our best finish of the season.
"I really have to take my hat off to the guys on the pit crew. It was such a long hot day for those guys, but they never gave up and worked their tails off as a team to make sure we were able to bring home a solid finish. We were able to save our tires better than almost every other team and continued to turn some of the fastest laps throughout the race and Rodney (Childers) made some great calls from on top of the pit box. Overall it was a true team effort and I am so proud to be a part of this team."
ON POCONO "They call Pocono 'the tricky triangle' for a reason. Pocono has so many little quirks that make it unique. Each corner has a different banking, all the straight-aways are a different length and it can be extremely tough on engines and tires. This race track is not for the faint of heart -- you have to maintain your concentration and continually hit your marks in order to be successful."
Best Buy Reward Zone and its Racing Club: Best Buy Reward Zone Members who are members of the racing club will enjoy added reward zone points for each dollar spent the week after a Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver posts a good run at the track. For more information go to www.myrewardzone.com.
Chassis News: Sadler will be driving chassis No. 249, last used at Pocono in June. Chassis No. 211 will be serving as the backup.
Three crew members return to the Keystone State: Pennsylvania natives Stephen Ritchie, Jonestown, Terry Spalding, Troy, and Toby Mellott, Needmore, work on the team. Ritchie is the Engine Tuner, Mellott the Tire Specialist and Spalding the Front Tire Changer.