Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fast Facts: Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler is a veteran NASCAR driver who’s now driving the No. 2 One Main Financial Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series. Find out more about this fan favorite from Virginia in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • Elliott William Barnes Sadler was born April 30, 1975 in Emporia, Virginia. He is the younger brother of NASCAR driver and SPEED Channel announcer Hermie Sadler. The younger Sadler brother began racing go-karts at age seven, then moved up to Late Model stock cars. Among the items on his resume from that time period: more than 200 wins, the 1983-84 Virginia State Karting Championship and the 1991-92 North Carolina Gold Cup.
  • Sadler joined the Winston Racing Series (now the Whelen All-American Series) full-time in 1993. In 1995 he was track champion at South Boston Speedway, winning 13 races.
  • Sadler moved into the Sprint Cup Series in 1999 with the Wood Brothers in the famed No. 21, finishing second to Tony Stewart for Rookie of the Year honors. He won his first Cup Series race in 2001 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2003, Sadler moved to the No. 38 M&Ms ride at Robert Yates Racing, winning two races with the team in 2004.
  • Midway through 2006, Sadler left RYR for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and the No. 19 car, a ride he held through 2010 with the merger with Richard Petty Motorsports; Sadler then signed with Kevin Harvick Inc. to drive in the Nationwide Series full-time and selected Camping World Truck Series races in 2011. Sadler moved to RCR after KHI was sold to Childress.
  • Sadler’s top finish in Sprint Cup Series points was ninth in 2004; in the Nationwide Series, Sadler finished as the runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2011.
  • Sadler attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a scholarship to play basketball; he went on to injure his knee, ending his basketball career.
  • Sadler and his wife, Amanda, have two children: son Wyatt Herman Frittz Sadler, born on February 15th, 2010 and daughter Austyn Rose Sadler, born on November 7th, 2011.
  • Find out more about Elliott Sadler at his website, www.elliottsadler.com


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