Richmond: Elliott Sadler preview

There's No Place Like Home: Sadler Ready to Race Richmond QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "The M&M's team has struggled a little bit at Richmond in the past, so we decided to use a two-day test there. They've made a few changes to the ...

There's No Place Like Home: Sadler Ready to Race Richmond

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:

"The M&M's team has struggled a little bit at Richmond in the past, so we decided to use a two-day test there. They've made a few changes to the track and Goodyear has a new tire for the race. The track is very, very smooth. It has a lot of grip in it and it's going to be fast - which will make it fun. I hope that the Busch cars will make it slicker on Friday night so we'll be able to move around on the track for Saturday night. I can't believe how smooth it is, so whoever did it did a great job so I have to commend everybody at Richmond for that.

"Records will fall this weekend, I can tell you that right now. We've built a brand new race car just for Richmond and hope to go there and try to put on a great show in front of my hometown. Right now, we're pretty happy with the way things are going and the team has got some great momentum, so we think we've got a good shot at it. We think we can go to RIR, be competitive and, if the ball bounces the right way, we should have just as good a chance as anybody else to win another race for M&M's.

"I did some thinking and I think that I just haven't had the 'feel' that I need to be a successful racecar driver at Richmond. I've never been able to qualify well and the finishes haven't been where they need to be so now I've just got to work on my feel. We qualified poorly last year at both races and took a provisional to start both races, so we had to come here and really learn and get on top of this race track and get Elliott Sadler the driver acclimated to it.

"Each driver has a track they want to win at. Other than the Daytona 500, I'd probably rather win here than any other race. Richmond is so special. I remember coming and sitting in the stands at four, five, six, seven, eight years old - all the way up until I started racing. I was buying tickets just like everybody else here watching my favorite drivers go round and round - even when it was the half-mile race track. I even watched them tear down the walls when they made it a three-quarter mile track, so there's a lot of history here for me and my family. If I was able to win a race here it would be just greatly appreciated. It's so much fun and, hopefully, that day will come."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN:

"If there's one track Elliott wants to win at it is Richmond. He grew up 50 miles away so the stands are packed with his friends, family and fans so he wants to do his best. It's a fun race to spot because the groove generally moves up as the race progresses. I like racing at night but Richmond is especially exciting."

ELLIOTT SADLER'S RACE FOR HOPE-- Tickets are still available via the NASCAR SpeedPark ticket office at 1-877-626-8725. Space is limited and tickets are going quickly so fans are encouraged not to delay. For more information log onto www.SadlerFanClub.com. The Race for Hope Auction is in full swing on eBay. Items can be viewed on www.mmsmotorsports.com or www.SadlerFanClub.com.

-ryr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler