Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler
Birth Date
April 30, 1975
Emporia, Va.

Voted the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver, Elliott Sadler finished runner-up in the NXS championship competition for JR Motorsports. In his first year competing for JRM, piloting the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, Sadler took home three victories and 14 top-five finishes. The season also marked a career-best for Sadler as he earned 29 top-10 finishes, which is also one more than JRM’s organizational record of 28 set in 2010.

In a career with 17 wins across NASCAR’s top-three series, Sadler’s journey to big-time auto racing had humble family beginnings. He comes from a long line of drivers in his family, including his father Herman Sadler and uncle Bud Elliott, who competed at short tracks in Virginia.  Climbing behind the wheel of his first go-kart at age seven, Sadler captured more than 200 victories before moving on to the heavier stock cars.  At the age of 18, Sadler joined the ranks of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, and claimed the track championship at South Boston (Va.) Speedway in 1995.  His success served as a stepping-stone to the NXS when he caught the eye of team owner Gary Bechtel, who tabbed the young driver for a full-season NXS effort in 1997.

Sadler wasted little time in proving his ability, capturing the pole for the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.  He rounded out his rookie year with three more pole awards, his first career NXS win at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway and two additional victories on the way to finishing fifth in the point standings.  In 1999, the Virginia-based Wood Brothers team, one of the founding members of NASCAR, signed Sadler to drive its iconic No. 21 entry.  In his 75th start, Sadler earned his first career Cup Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting from the 38th position, the deepest in the field that any driver had ever won from at Bristol.

After four seasons, Sadler moved to Robert Yates Racing.  He completed the year with two pole awards, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes which earned him a 22nd-place finish in the point standings.  Success continued throughout the season as he clinched a position in the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Cup.  

In 2005, after three seasons with Robert Yates Racing, Sadler joined forces with Gillett Evernham Motorsports as the driver of the No. 19 NSCS entry.  He took the wheel of his new ride at Michigan International Speedway in August 2006 for the final 14 races, posting two top-10 finishes.  He remained with the team through the conclusion of the 2009 season.

Branching out from the NSCS in 2010, Sadler took the opportunity to jump behind the wheel of a NCWTS entry for Kevin Harvick Inc., (KHI) for the first time in seven years.  In only his fifth start, Sadler earned his first-career NCWTS pole and win at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

The 2011 campaign served as a season of rejuvenation as Sadler joined KHI in the Xfinity Series in efforts to win the series championship.  In his first full-time NXS schedule since 1998, Sadler drove the OneMain entry to five pole awards, 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, earning the runner-up position in the point standings.  His return to the NXS proved to be a hit with the fans, who voted Sadler the series’ Most Popular Driver.

KHI merged with Richard Childress Racing in 2012, with Sadler continuing his pursuit of the NXS championship.  In the best season of his career, he earned four wins, five pole awards, 15 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, but fell just shy of the championship. He was second in the series point standings at the end of the season.

Along with partnership from OneMain, Sadler moved to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.  The team remained in the top five in points for most of the season.  In 2014, Sadler drove to Victory Lane at Talladega in April.  By year’s end, Sadler recorded one pole award, seven top-five and 25 top-10 finishes while finishing third in the driver championship point standings. 

The following year, Sadler transitioned to Roush Fenway Racing.  He wheeled the OneMain ride to a sixth-place finish in the championship driver standings, notching four top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 2015.

Sadler and his wife Amanda live in Emporia, Va., with their two children, Wyatt and Austyn.  Off the track, Sadler enjoys playing softball, hunting and spending time with his family.  He also is involved in breast cancer awareness and autism awareness through the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation.