Elliott Sadler, No. 24 Virginia Lottery Chevrolet-Martinsville Preview

Elliott Sadler Express Notes

No. 24 Virginia Lottery Chevrolet

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

American Muscle

Martinsville Speedway

Race Info:

Event: Kroger 200

Date: Saturday, October 29

TV: SPEED, 2:00 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, 1:45 p.m. ET

Distance: 200 Laps/105.2 Miles

Track: .526-mile Oval

Fast & Fun Facts:

  • While the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes a week off, ElliottSadler, a full-time driver in the series for Kevin Harvick, Inc., will be racing instead. The seasoned veteran is scheduled to make his second start for Joe Denette Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 24 Virginia Lottery Chevrolet in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Returning to Martinsville Speedway is a homecoming for Sadler who is a native of the “Old Dominion State” and grew up 150 miles from the trackin Emporia.
  • Sadler and wife Amanda are expecting the birth of their second child, a baby girl, any day now.
  • Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit crew will get some extra practice for the Tums Fast Relief 500 on Sunday when they go over the wall for Sadler. The five-time championship crew will pit the No. 24 Virginia Lottery Chevrolet in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • On board with Sadler… The No. 24 machine will carry an in-car camera in Saturday’s NCWTS event at the half-mile “paper-clip.”

Virginia is for Lovers: The No. 24 team has a strong Virginia line-up for Saturday’s Kroger 200. Joe Denette, owner of the No. 24 entry is a Fredericksburg, VA native while driver, Elliott Sadler, is a resident of Emporia, VA and the truck is sponsored by the Virginia Lottery.


Truckin’ It-Sadler’s NCWTS Stats:

Starts: 18

Wins: 1, (Pocono, 2010)

Poles: 2

Top-5: 4

Top-10: 9

Laps Led: 252

Avg. Start: 6.1

Avg. Finish: 14.8


Martinsville Minute: Sadler has one NCWTS start at Martinsville Speedway (October, 2003) where he started 17th and finished 30th, due to an expired radiator on lap 82 of 200.


That’s a Stat: Sadler is one of only 22 drivers in NASCAR history to have recorded a win in all three of NASCAR’s elite divisions and is one of only 16 drivers in NASCAR history to have earned a pole award and win in all three of NASCAR’s elite divisions.


Previous Race Recap: Sadler made his NCWTS debut with Joe Denette Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 24 entry at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Sadler, who captured his second NCWTS pole and the first pole award for Joe Denette Motorsports, led 53 laps and showcased a sporty Chevrolet until contact with another competitor just past half-way derailed the team’s chances for victory, relegating the rookie team to a ninth-place finish.


Chassis History: The No. 24 team will unload chassis No. 05 from the Joe Denette Motorsports stables in this weekend’s Kroger 200. This is the same chassis Jason White piloted at Martinsville Speedway (April), Lucas Oil Raceway (July) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (September).


Meet Elliott Sadler: Fans will have the opportunity to meet Sadler at the Virginia Lottery display on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9:40-10:10 a.m. ET.


Quoting Elliott Sadler:

“Martinsville is a tough race track where you have to really focus on being good under braking; getting your truck to turn in the center of the corner and having great forward bite up off the corners. I’ve been racing here a long time dating back to my days in a late model. I’m very thankful to Virginia Lottery and Joe Denette Motorsports for giving me this opportunity. It’s always great to race in the great state of Virginia.”


“We were very fast at Bristol. Hopefully we’ll be able to take some of that momentum into this weekend at Martinsville. The tracks are both very short but are very different. We’re going to put a lot of effort into qualifying this weekend because not only do we have to qualify in the field on time, we know track position is going to be very important during the race.”


“Hermie and I have enjoyed a great relationship with the Virginia Lottery for a long time. We’re going to go out and try and get them a win on Saturday.”


About the Virginia Lottery:

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery raised more than $430.2 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2010. That represents about eight percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. For more information, visit www.valottery.com. Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebookand Twitter. Please play responsibly.

 Team Website: www.JoeDenetteMotorsports.com

Team Twitter: www.Twitter.com/TeamJDM23

Elliott Sadler’s Website: www.ElliottSadler.com

Elliott Sadler on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Elliott_Sadler

VA Lottery Website: www.VALottery.com

VA Lottery on Twitter: www.Twtter.com/VirginiaLottery

VA Lottery on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VALottery

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