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Elliott Sadler
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Born April 30, 1975 (1975-04-30) (age 34)
Hometown Emporia, Virginia
Awards 1983-1984 Virginia State Karting Championship

North Carolina Gold Cup 1991-1992

1995 South Boston Speedway Track Champion

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
Car #, team #19 - Richard Petty Motorsports
2009 Sprint Cup position 26th
Best cup position 9th - 2004
First race 1998 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
First win 2001 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Last win 2004 Pop Secret 500 (California)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 68 7
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
2009 NNS position 126th
Best NNS position 5th - 1997
First race 1995 Ford Credit 300 (South Boston)
First win 1997 Core States Advantage 200 (Nazareth)
Last win 1998 AC Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 36 5
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
Truck #, team #2 - Kevin Harvick Incorporated
Best NCWTS position 104th - 2000
First race 2000 Kroger 200 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of March 16, 2010.

Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975 in Emporia, Virginia)[1] is a race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the #19 Stanley Tools Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports. He has three career Craftsman Truck Series starts, his best finish coming at Richmond in 2000. His older brother Hermie Sadler is an announcer for Speed Channel. Sadler is the last person to score a win for the Wood Brothers Racing organization with his first win at Bristol in 2001.

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1983-1995

Sadler began racing in go-karts at the age of seven, and moved up to the Late Model stock car division at the local race track. His accomplishments include over 200 total wins, the 1983-84 Virginia State Karting Championship, and the North Carolina Gold Cup in 1991-92. He was runner-up in 1989 for the World Karting Association national title.[citation needed]

When he turned 18, he moved to the Winston Racing Series and ran full-time beginning in 1993. That same year, he achieved his first victory, and in 1995 was crowned track champion at South Boston Speedway, where he achieved 13 wins that year, including a 6-race winning streak.

Sadler attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was a walk-on on the basketball team until he injured his knee, effectively ending his basketball career.

1999-2003

Sadler moved up to the Cup Series full-time in 1999, driving the #21 Citgo Ford Taurus for Wood Brothers Racing. His best finish that year was a tenth at Texas Motor Speedway, and he finished 24th in points, runner-up to Tony Stewart for Rookie of the Year honors. He also returned to the Nationwide Series on a part-time basis, filling in for the injured Andy Santerre for Innovative Motorsports, his best finish fifth at California Speedway. He also drove a handful of races for Lyndon Amick. Sadler's only top-ten finish in 2000 was a tenth at Bristol, after failing to qualify at Talladega Superspeedway, and he dropped to twenty-ninth in points. He also had a wild flip at Michigan Speedway after cutting a tire in practice.

In 2001, Motorcraft became Sadler's new sponsor, and he won his first career Cup race at Bristol. He had another top-ten and finished 20th in points. After seven top-tens and a drop to 23rd in points in 2002, Sadler left for Robert Yates Racing to drive the #38 M&M's Ford. In his first season of competition with Yates, Sadler won the pole at Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, and finished 22nd in points. In 2003, Sadler had a vicious crash at Talladega after near-contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and touched the right-front fender of Kurt Busch. Sadler blew into the air, flipped twice, landed on his roof, spun towards the banking, and flipped 5 times. Sadler was uninjured.

2004-2007

Sadler started 2004 with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500,and six races later won at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd career win. He stayed in the top-10 in points all season, and won at California Speedway, beating Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin. He made the Chase, and finished a career high ninth in the championship standings. He had another flip at Talladega after he spun out and blew over onto his roof. Sadler was uninjured, and he was even able to drive his car back to the garage.

Sadler failed to win again in 2005, but won four poles. He also drove sixteen races for RYR's Busch car, the #90 Citifinancial Taurus, and had three top-five finishes. In 2006, Sadler had a pole at Talladega and was nineteenth in points. He made seven Busch starts, his best finish was second at Richmond. After a lack of results, Sadler left RYR midway through 2006 for Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

In the 2007 Daytona 500, Sadler among many other drivers were caught in a cheating scandal. Despite being docked 25 points, he still went on to finish a season best 6th. Sadler then had many ups and downs throughout the season. In 2007, Sadler led 62 laps, posted two top-10 finishes and finished 25th in points. Sadler went longer than any other driver before failing to finish a race in 2007.

2008- Present

2008 car

For the 2008 season, Sadler received new sponsorship; Best Buy for 15 races, Stanley Works for 13 races, McDonald's for 6 races, and Siemens for 2 races. He struggled in 2008, garnering only 2 top fives, 8 top tens, and 16 top twenties. He had 4 DNFs and 12 finishes of 30th or worse. Sadler led 21 laps in 2008, his fewest since the 2000 season. He ended the year 24th in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

On December 27, 2008, it was reported that A.J. Allmendinger would replace Sadler in the #19 Best Buy Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports in 2009. Elliott threatened a lawsuit for breach of contract, however the lawsuit was dropped after the GEM Petty Enterprises merger as he was returned to the seat for 2009.

For 2010, Sadler will return to Richard Petty Motorsports and run the #19 Ford with Stanley Tools sponsorship. It was also announced that he would run a part-time schedule in the Camping World Truck Series in the #2 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.[2]

Personal

Sadler is heavily involved in the Autism Speaks charity because his niece Halie has the disorder. In 2008, Best Buy (his sponsor) sponsored the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs of Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. His car had a custom paint scheme specifically for that race. His hood and helmet were signed and auctioned off following the race, with the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.

He was the cover athlete on EA Sports Nascar 07 and was also on the special edition Nascar 09.

Elliott Sadler's wife, Amanda, gave birth to their first child, Wyatt Herman Fritz Sadler on February 15, 2010

References

http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/headlines/cup/05/30/esadler.hood.auction.autism/index.html

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Preceded by
Jeff Gordon/Jimmie Johnson
NASCAR EA cover athlete
2007
Succeeded by
Tony Stewart
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