Sears Point: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler rearin' for first road course of season "After the race in Sonoma, I am going to head to Daytona early. I plan on resting, relaxing, hanging out with my friends and going to the Dale Earnhardt Tribute concert. We will need all the...

Elliott Sadler rearin' for first road course of season

"After the race in Sonoma, I am going to head to Daytona early. I plan on resting, relaxing, hanging out with my friends and going to the Dale Earnhardt Tribute concert. We will need all the rest we can get before heading into the 20-week stretch to the championship."

--Elliott Sadler on the final stretch of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH ELLIOTT SADLER:

"Racing at Infineon is a pretty cool deal. It's neat going out to wine country every year, and the track is pretty challenging. Since they changed the pit road, no one gets stuck pitting on the island so we are thankful for that. I've got two things in our favor. I have a good road course car as I will be racing the winning car from last year, with the team that won last year as well. We tested at VIR a few weeks ago and it went well. The hardest thing about road courses is that everything is backwards, literally. I hope we can stay out of the marbles and on the course. Last year I started 40th and drove up to sixth with the Wood Brothers but just ran out of laps. It's a real physical race and with only so many places to pass I'd like to qualify up front. All things considered, I think that we have a decent shot at it. Lord knows we need a win under our belts."

VIEW FROM THE PIT BOX WITH CREW CHIEF RAYMOND FOX III:

"We are taking the car that won the race last year at Infineon with Ricky Rudd. Elliott has run well there in the past so I am confident we have a shot at it. The biggest challenge of racing on a road course is that everything is reversed. You have to turn right as well as left -- so the car needs to be set up accordingly. Qualifying well will be a key this weekend since things get spread out really fast at the two-mile road course."

SPOTTER BRETT GRIFFIN'S VIEW FROM ABOVE THE TRACK:

"Racing at Infineon is a really different experience for the spotters. We're actually perched on a hill side that has a view of the entire race track. We can see every corner. It seems like almost every lap there's someone hitting something, sliding off the track or just flat out wrecking. The biggest part for spotters is to decide if our driver needs to know everything about an incident or nothing at all. You have to be selective as a spotter so we don't rattle the drivers' concentration. What I decide to tell Elliott all depends on where he's at on the track compared to the action taking place."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Elliott Sadler