Rockingham: Elliott Sadler preview

Daytona Momentum Will Carry Sadler Through The Rock QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER: How did the Daytona Speedweeks performance set the stage for the 2004 season? "It really sets the stage for a good season. I think it's going to be...

Daytona Momentum Will Carry Sadler Through The Rock

QUOTING M&M'S DRIVER ELLIOTT SADLER:

How did the Daytona Speedweeks performance set the stage for the 2004 season?
"It really sets the stage for a good season. I think it's going to be awesome. I had a ball at Daytona and am really looking forward to Rockingham."

You stated you like the rule changes while other drivers don't. Explain your reasoning.
"It's easy. Last year the Ford drivers felt like we had greyhounds at a horse race - we weren't competitive. Now we are on an even playing field with those other manufacturers. As a team we have to change and adapt with the times - whether it is the Goodyear tires, the weather or the rules. Goodyear has changed the tires for the better. I think my crew chief Todd Parrott and my team have adapted very well to the changes."

QUOTING M&M'S CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT:

With one race at Rockingham this year what should be expected from the #38?
"We didn't test at Rockingham this year but we have some good notes from last year's test. RYR did really well at the Rock last season - remember DJ won the race and Elliott lapped the field twice (after going two laps down) with a strong run to finish ninth. Of course I believe we should be a threat this weekend - and hope I will be able to say that every weekend. This is where the racing starts, at the Rockingham's and Vegas'. This is where you will see all the rule changes and new body packages shake out. I will do my homework and be ready for this weekend."

QUOTING M&M'S TIRE SPECIALIST TOBY MELLOTT:

"We will go through sixteen or seventeen sets of tires this weekend. At $1,600 a set that adds up pretty quick. You will see four tire stops even if the tires have just a few laps on them. The track surface at the Rock is just like sandpaper so tires will play an important part in the game this weekend."

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

LOCAL CREW MEMBER--Spotter Brett Griffin is from nearby Pageland, SC. Griffin is in his fourth season spotting for Sadler and a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Management.

WHERE'S ALL THE COLOR GONE? "The Great Color Quest" is in full swing and it's up to consumers to help M&M'S find their colors. At the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve M&M'S everywhere went black and white -"We are taking the M&M'S brand and the chocolate candy back to basics and back to the drawing board," said Doug Milne, marketing director, M&M'S Brand. "After more than 60 years as a sweet staple of American life, the M&M'S is about to undergo one of the most significant brand alterations in the history of modern marketing. The new black and white look is a whole new mix for us and one that we think will keep consumers talking."

ELLIOTT'S "BEST EATS"-- Sadler recently tapped into his journalistic and culinary side when he wrote a feature for Racing Milestones Track Guide and 2004 Preview titled Elliott's Best Eats. Sadler detailed his preferred restaurants throughout the NASCAR NEXTEL Series circuit as well as his favorite dishes to order at each establishment. The magazine is on newsstands and available through April.

UPCOMING ELLIOTT SADLER APPEARANCES:
Thursday, March 4th - M&M'S World in Las Vegas from 6pm - 8pm
Friday, March 5th - NASCAR CAFE in Las Vegas from 6pm - 8pm

TRACK FACTS: Race #: 2 of 36 - Track Size: 1.017 Miles; 393 laps totaling 400 miles

-ryr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler