Watkins Glen: Elliott Sadler preview

Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Go Road Racing at Watkins Glen STATESVILLE, NC -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team are taking to the 2.45-mile road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International confident a strong run...

Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Go Road Racing at Watkins Glen

STATESVILLE, NC -- Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge team are taking to the 2.45-mile road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International confident a strong run is in their future. The No. 19 Dodge put together a solid effort at the road course in Sonoma, Calif. in June and are now preparing the same car to race for a top finish at The Glen .

Watkins Glen is the last of the two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and the drivers of Gillett Evernham Motorsports have shown they know how to perform on a road course. Kasey Kahne took the pole position at Sonoma, Elliott Sadler was running in the top five late in the race, and Patrick Carpentier finished second in the Nationwide Series race at Montreal last week. Sadler and the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team are prepared for the task and are looking forward to a successful weekend.

Elliott Sadler:

On Watkins Glen: "It's a really fun place to race. I would have to say that this is probably the most challenging racetrack we go to because of the speed that you have to carry through some pretty tight corners. The backstretch is long and you can really get into the gas though there, but then you have to be careful as you head into the inner loop. Staying on the track and conserving brakes are probably the two most important factors at The Glen."

On Road Course Racing: "I'm glad we only (race on a road course) twice a year. Road courses are extremely challenging on both the driver and the team. It's definitely a challenge I enjoy, but it takes a much different approach to driving and setting up the car to be successful on a road course.

"We prepare our cars each week to do one specific thing -- turn left, and now we have to setup the car in a completely different way. We have to drive the car in a completely different way. I think it's exciting for the fans and they really enjoy it and I know most of the drivers enjoy it. We just go out, try to have fun and of course we do our best to win."

How do you prepare for The Glen: "We tested at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) last week and worked on the car to find a good balance. Rodney (Childers, Team Director) and I worked on our setup for this week and tried a lot of new things. As with almost any road course, the real preparation begins when we arrive at the racetrack on Friday. We test what we can on similar style road courses, but there is nothing like getting on the actual racetrack and working on the car.

I try to push my Dodge to the limit in each and every area of a road course. Once I figure out how far I can push it, that's when start to put together a strategy to drive the car. With every lap in practice, you find out just what you can and can't do with your car."

Sadler at Watkins Glen: In nine career starts, he has earned four top-15 finishes. Sadler has completed 756 of 812 laps to own a 93.1% completion rate. He recorded his best start (sixth) in 2004 and his best finish (seventh) in 2006.

Car Info: The team will use GEMS No. 213; last raced at Sonoma by the No. 19 team and is a former No. 10 team car. GEM No. 221 will serve as the backup.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler