Watkins Glen: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne may have won the race at Sonoma, but Elliott Sadler came from two laps down at one point in the race to finish in the top-10. Believe it or not, few drivers are as excited to head...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne may have won the race at Sonoma, but Elliott Sadler came from two laps down at one point in the race to finish in the top-10. Believe it or not, few drivers are as excited to head to Watkins Glen this week as Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Best Buy team. Sadler has four top-10 finishes in his last 10 road course races, and has finished 19th or better in every race. In fact, Sadler is one of only five drivers to compete in the last 10 races at Watkins Glen and has finished 15th or better in five of the last six races at the upstate New York road course.

Elliott Sadler:

ON WATKINS GLEN: "Watkins Glen is going to be probably the most fun race of the year to watch on TV with the double-file restarts. It's a big, wide race track that should allow for a lot of passing and some really great racing. I think it is going to be crazy from the drivers perspective, but just like with any road course--the trick is staying on the track and hitting your marks."

ON ROAD COURSE RACING: "The two road courses that we visit each year are very different, so there are not a whole lot of similarities. The biggest key to any road course race is learning the racetrack. They are very technical compared to most of the ovals that we visit and a driver can have a lot more influence than they do at an oval. Staying on track, hitting your spot and being there at the end are really the most important parts to any road course."

* In the last 10 road races, including both Infineon and Watkins Glen, Sadler is second in total points trailing only Tony Stewart. He has an average finish of 12.3 and has completed every lap.

* In 10 starts at Watkins Glen, Sadler has one top-10 finish (2006), and five top-15 finishes (most recently 2008), including five of his last six starts. Sadler has finished on the lead lap in eight starts.

* Sadler finished on the lead lap of every race at The Glen from 2003--2008, a span of six consecutive races.

* Sadler is tied with Tony Stewart for the longest active DNF streak (44 races) of drivers that have competed in every race. Regan Smith is at 52 races, but has not competed in every race during that span.

* Chassis No. 243 started 8th and finished 10th at Infineon. No. 213 will serve as the backup for the second time this season (first Sonoma).

* In 2009, Sadler leads all Richard Petty Motorsports drivers in bonus points (35 points). All of his bonus points have come from leading laps.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Regan Smith , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports