Elliott Sadler Daytona International Speedway Nationwide Series Advance

OneMain FinancialNo. 2

WELCOME BACK SADLER: On February 19, 2011, Elliott Sadler will strap back into a NASCAR Nationwide Series car to compete full time in the series for the first time since 1998.  Sadler, along with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) teammates Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart, will join forces at Daytona (Fla.) International Raceway to defend KHI's race winning organization title.  In the past six season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway KHI has gone to victory lane three times.

 

PLATE-RACE PRESTIGE: Although Sadler has not competed in the Nationwide Series full time in 13 years, he has a vast amount of experience at Daytona International Raceway.  During his first full-time Nationwide Series season in 1997 Sadler earned the pole award for the season-opening race.  In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Sadler nearly captured the 2002 Daytona 500 falling one position short finishing second. Even though Sadler has never pulled into victory lane for a points- paying race at Daytona he has felt the sweet taste of  victory at the World Center of Racing when he captured the checkered flag in one of the 2004 Gatorade Duel qualifying races.  

  

MAKING A NEW MARK: Driving for a new team, with new cars and a new sponsor, Sadler reunites with former sponsor CitiFinancial as they rebrand themselves as OneMain Financial.  As Sadler puts himself in position to become a NASCAR champion in 2011, OneMain Financial found no better fit than their former brand representative to take them to a new level as they debut their new logo and colors under the watchful eye of loyal NASCAR fans at Daytona International Speedway.

 

10 YEARS OF RACING: In 2011, KHI will celebrate their 10th year of competition in NASCAR.  Team co-owner Kevin Harvick made KHI's first start in the Truck Series event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2001, narrowly missing the win by inches to series veteran Jack Sprague.  Ten years later Kevin and DeLana Harvick have two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships to their credit and multiple wins with a host of drivers to boast in their over 80,000 square foot facility in Kernersville, North Carolina.  During 2011 all KHI vehicles will carry a commemorative decal as the company celebrates its accomplishments over the last 10 years.

 

CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 team will utilize chassis No. 059 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Chassis No. 059 is a new chassis that has undergone extensive testing during the off season.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler

What are your thoughts going into the race at Daytona International Speedway?

"I'm just ready to get going.  It has been an exciting and busy off season, but I'm ready to put all the hard work to the test as we hit the track in Daytona.  This year's race will be an exciting one as all of us hit the track on a new surface.  It will take a little bit to get adjusted to it but I'm ready to go racing and see what this season holds."

 

Do you feel added pressure coming into this race as maybe a favorite to win?

"Not at all.  I know my crew chief Ernie Cope has put together the best and most knowledgeable group of guys as my team for this season.  I feel confident that we have the best equipment to get the job done.  I'm also sure that I have two of the best teammates in the business to be surrounded by when the green flag drops for the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday.  I'm glad everyone thinks that we are favorites to win.  I hope that things fall our way and we prove them right."

 

As the season begins, you are the favorite to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.  What are your thoughts on being the team to beat?

"I have said this all throughout the off season.  I'm having fun.  This is the first time in several years that I am going to the race track excited to get in the car and have some fun.  It reminds me of the days when I raced at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.  I would come to the race track week in and week out as the odds on favorite and that is what made racing fun.  Not only competing, but being the one to beat."

About OneMain Financial:

Our name will be new, but our experience runs deep. In fact, CitiFinancial - soon to be - OneMain Financial has a 99-year heritage of providing responsible lending solutions. Every single Personal and Home Equity Loan is approved and servicedlocally at more than 1,300 branches nationwide. We're not just in your neighborhood; we're part of your community. We have remained committed to making the neighborhoods where we do business better places to live and work. And since racing is a sport with deep roots and involvement in many of our communities, it makes the sport a perfect partner for OneMain Financial.

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Fast Facts:

Elliott Sadler

 

Nationwide Series Statistics at

Daytona International Speedway

Starts: 3

Wins: 0

Poles: 1 (1997)

Top 5: 0

Top 10: 0

Laps Led: 30

Average Start: 10.7

Average Finish: 26.3

 

Race Info:

February 19, 2011

Daytona International Speedway

2.5-Mile Tri-Oval

DRIVE4COPD 300

120 Laps/300 Miles

 

Broadcast Info:

TV: ESPN will broadcast live at 1:00 p.m. EST

Radio: The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast live at 12:45 p.m. EST

 

 

 Chassis: 59

 

Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing (ECR)

 


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