Elliott Sadler 2014 NNS DRIVE4COPD 300 Race PreviewPress Release
No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Preview
DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Superspeedway
START YOUR ENGINES:Elliott Sadler and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 OneMain Financial team are ready for the start of the the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Daytona International Speedway. Sadler has nine Nationwide Series starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway with two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Sadler also notched his first-career pole award back in 1997. The veteran driver also has 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona, with four top-five and nine top-10 finishes and has led 58 laps.
2014 HEADLINES: The 2014 season kicks off as something new for Sadler. For the first time in five years, Sadler will head to Daytona with the same owner, crew chief and team as the season prior. All three things will result in more trust in the team, gained confidence in crew chief, valued experience behind the wheel, and with one change that Sadler hopes to see – the championship.
LAST TIME AROUND: In 2013, Sadler started in the sixth position and worked his way up to seventh by the midpoint of the race. Throughout the race, Elliott led 13 laps and had the fastest lap times three times, and he was able to bring home a 15th place finish.
JUST THE STATS: Throughout the 2013 Nationwide Series season, Sadler finished with nine top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. Of the total 6012 laps ran during the 2013 season, the Emporia, Va., native completed 94 percent of them. Finishing the season fourth in driver championship point standings.
ELLIOTT SADLER APPEARANCES: Fans will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Sadler on behalf of Coca-Cola at the Sprint FanZone Stage in the infield on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:35 am.
BRANCH DECAL PROGRAM: For each race that OneMain Financial is the primary sponsor on the No. 11 Toyota,two branches will be highlighted on Sadler’s rear quarter panels. The branches selected for Daytona are No. 334 in Orlando, Fla., and No. 330 in Melbourne, Fla.
THINK PINK: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com.
RACE INFO: The DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway will be on ESPN at 1:15 p.m. E.T., on Saturday, Feb. 22, as well as MRN and SIRIUSXM 90.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES: “I’m ready to get this season started. As a team, we had a great offseason, and I was extremely impressed from the results during our Daytona testing in January. Daytona is always a wild card on our schedule, and there are a lot of series-wide changes this year that will make it quite interesting for the fans. With the same OneMain Financial team heading into 2014, I’m really looking forward to using our momentum from the last few races of the 2013 season. We are as determined as ever, and there is no doubt that this No. 11 team is even more hungry for the Nationwide Series championship.”
Source: Driver’s Choice Marketing
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