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Fresh from his best career NASCAR Winston Cup Series finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, Emporia, VA native Elliott Sadler will drive a Ford F-150 sponsored by Team Ford Racing in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on September 7 at...

Fresh from his best career NASCAR Winston Cup Series finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, Emporia, VA native Elliott Sadler will drive a Ford F-150 sponsored by Team Ford Racing in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on September 7 at Richmond International Raceway. It will be the start of a very busy "triple-header" weekend for Elliott, as he plans to compete in both the Busch and Winston Cup races that weekend in Richmond as well.

"Ford Racing has an excellent relationship with both Elliott Sadler and Wood Brothers Racing," said Brad Frohn, North American marketing manager for Ford Racing Technology, "and we felt that this race, being Elliott's first in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck, would be a great opportunity to gain awareness of our new Team Ford Racing fan club."

Team Ford Racing (www.teamfordracing.com), a national fan club for Ford Racing enthusiasts wholly supported and sponsored by Ford Motor Company, offers fans the chance to get inside the world's most prestigious auto racing program and be part of the action. The most comprehensive racing fan club ever offered by an automobile manufacturer, Team Ford Racing is designed to provide "insider" access to the Ford Racing program and a virtual clubhouse for Ford Racing fans to express their affinity for Ford and their favorite sport. "Both literally and figuratively, Team Ford Racing will bring it's members inside the paddock, where they can get close to the racing action," said Burt Diamond, global marketing manager for Ford Racing Technology. "The unique advantage that we have over other automotive manufacturers is that Ford competes in more major racing series around the world than anyone else," said Diamond. "We have behind-the-scenes information and access to the top teams and drivers that others just can't get."

Elliott will pilot the #84 Ford F-150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck, flying the red, white, and blue Team Ford Racing colors and built by Long Brothers Racing of Apex, N.C. The Longs, who have run a select number of races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series over the past two years, last fielded the #84 Ford F-150 that was driven to a strong third place finish by Chad Chaffin at Nashville Speedway USA just two races ago. "I believe that the only thing that stood between us and a win at Nashville were some rookie mistakes by the pit crew," said Robert Long. That won't be the case in Richmond, as Elliott and the Wood Brothers will bring crewchief Mike Beam and the crew from the #21 Wood Brothers Citgo Ford Taurus Winston Cup car to cover the pit duties for Elliott in the truck race.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out there and racing with these guys," Elliott said, "they really race hard and put on a great show. We got a call from Team Ford Racing and put this together and I appreciate the opportunity to be involved with them. I think it's unreal. For fans to be an actual member of Team Ford Racing is pretty cool. It makes the fans feel more at home and more like they are on the inside track of what's going on in the sport. It's a pretty cool deal and I'm just glad to be a part of it." When asked about running three races in one weekend, Elliott replied, "I wouldn't do this anywhere else but Richmond because this is home. I think that there will be a lot of fans up there from Emporia and that area, so I just want to go and put on a good show for them and also for Ford, Team Ford Racing, and hopefully have a good time."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series race #21 of 24 on the schedule will be at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, September 7 at 8pm Eastern Time. The race will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast worldwide on MRN Racing Radio.

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