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Elliott Sadler is a veteran NASCAR driver who’s now driving the No. 1 One Main Financial Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Find out more about this fan favorite from Virginia in this week’s rebooted Fast Facts, originally published in Sept. 2012.
- Elliott William Barnes Sadler was born April 30, 1975 in Emporia, Virginia. He is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver and current race announcer Hermie Sadler. The younger Sadler brother began racing go-karts at age 7, 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 (now Xfinity) Series full-time and selected Camping World Truck Series races in 2011. Sadler moved to Richard Childress Racing after Childress purchased KHI in 2012, then to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2013 and 2014. He landed at Roush-Fenway Racing in 2015 before joining JRM for the 2016 season.
- Sadler’s top finish in Sprint Cup Series points was ninth in 2004; in the Xfinity Series, Sadler finished runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in both 2011 and 2012.
- Sadler attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a scholarship to play basketball; he injured his knee before his freshman year and needed two surgeries, and later left school to focus on racing.
- Sadler and his wife, Amanda, have two children: son Wyatt and daughter Austyn. The Sadler brothers are involved in raising autism awareness through their charity, the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation.
- Find out more about Elliott Sadler at his website, www.elliottsadler.com.