Richmond II: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler Races into Richmond for the Rock & Roll 400 on a High Note Elliott Sadler is in the midst of his best season ever in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Sadler won his third career event last week at California Speedway to secure sixth...

Elliott Sadler Races into Richmond for the Rock & Roll 400 on a High Note

Elliott Sadler is in the midst of his best season ever in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Sadler won his third career event last week at California Speedway to secure sixth place in the point standings. Mathematically, all Sadler has to do is take the green flag for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 to clinch a berth in the 'playoff style' Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Series Championship. Sadler's best finish to date at Richmond International Raceway is 12th which he scored this spring.

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: "I have been going to races at Richmond as a fan my whole life - it's only about 90 miles from Emporia. Winning races is awesome but winning at home, in front of all my friends and family, would be twice as sweet. I have had some bad luck at Richmond and generally haven't run all that well there so Todd (Parrott, crew chief) is helping me get pumped up and confident that I can drive the M&M'S car to victory lane. Week in and week out this #38 team has been giving me something to drive and contend with. The fact that all we have to do is start the race at Richmond to secure that top-10 position in the chase is awesome. To end up in the top 10 is going to be a great accomplishment, but I think we have a shot to win the championship. I've never been to New York on stage and have always said I am not going to that banquet in New York unless I am leaving with an award in my hands. This week, after all our meetings at the shop, I am going to go buy my tuxedo while I'm in Richmond because I'm back at home, get all 'fitted up' so I can look all nice and snazzy and just think about how exciting it is going to be going to New York in December."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT: "The race at Richmond is going to be absolutely crazy. We're taking a new car up there and I'm excited about it because it's a lot like the car we had in California and in Indianapolis. I've got some really good feelings about our changes. As for the track at RIR, I just I love the place. As a crew chief I have won some races with Dale Jarrett at RIR and when I worked with Rusty Wallace we had a lot of success. I need to act like a cheerleader and work with Elliott on these places he just doesn't have that much confidence since he hasn't had luck there in the past. I just keep tell him he's 'the man' and that he can turn his luck around. Just because he ran bad at a track before doesn't mean it is his destiny."

QUOTING M&M'S SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN: "Our team has a lot of momentum going into RIR and I know how much Elliott wants to run well at his home track. I also know this is going to be a wild race because eight guys are racing for three spots in the top 10. Fortunately, we're locked in so we're going up there to work on our short track program and to try and win the race. I think you'll see guys behave a lot like we saw at Bristol. These guys don't want to jeopardize their reputations by doing something intentional. However, Richmond can be a wild race so anything can happen. Hopefully we'll stay out of trouble and have a shot at the win at the end of the night."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Elliott Sadler