Elliott Sadler Wins At Bristol Motor Speedway

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IMarch 21, 2009

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 20:  Elliott Sadler driver of the #19 Best Buy Dodge stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

How could Elliott Sadler possibly have won at Bristol Motor Speedway when the race has not even been run yet?  Well, Sadler won for sure but not on the track. 

Instead Sadler triumphed at the Bristol Wii Boxing championship, a part of Ford Fan Friday festivities at the Speedway.

Elliott Sadler was part of a four driver team that decided to tackle Wii boxing.  Sadler went head to head with Clint Bowyer, while Kasey Kahne competed against A.J. Allmendinger.

Sadler soundly beat Bowyer, after literally "knocking his block off".  Sadler then went on to beat up Kasey Kahne, who had defeated Allmendinger handily.

Sadler said that he had no idea how to play any of the Wii games, including boxing.  But he got several pointers from friends, kept his hands in front of his face, and fought his opponents with short, quick jabs.

Sadler also shared that he did not have a Wii at home.  But one of his major sponsors, Best Buy, did send him a very generous gift certificate as a wedding gift, which he intended to use for a Wii and a new flat screen television.

Based on his victory, Sadler was hailed as the Bristol Wii Boxing Champion.  Sadler was thrilled, saying that his championship belt would have a "special place" in his trophy case.

In addition to his Bristol Wii Boxing victory, Sadler was also pretty good out on the track.  He was fourth quickest in the Friday practice session.

Unfortunately, Sadler did not reach his expectations in qualifying.  Due to an early draw, Sadler qualified in the 22nd position.

In spite of qualifying in the middle of the pack, Sadler remained optimistic.  "We have a really quick car", stated Sadler.  "I expect that we will be able to work our way forward in the race".

Will Sadler add the Bristol race trophy to his Wii Boxing win?  One thing is certain, this driver will be duking it out with all the other drivers and fighting tooth and nail to win the Food City 500.

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