Elliott Sadler


Elliott Sadler

Infobox_NASCAR_driver
Name = Elliott William Barnes Sadler


Birthdate = birth date and age|1975|4|30 | Birthplace = Emporia, Virginia
Cup_Car_Team = 19 - Gillett Evernham Motorsports| Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Cup_Pos = 25th | Best_Cup_Pos = 9th - 2004 (NEXTEL Cup)
Cup_Wins = 3
Cup_Top_Tens = 61
Cup_Poles = 7
First_Cup_Race = 1998 Coca-Cola 600 (Lowe's)
First_Cup_Win = 2001 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Last_Cup_Win = 2004 Pop Secret 500 (California)
Awards = 1983-1984 Virginia State Karting Championship

North Carolina Gold Cup 1991-1992

1995 South Boston Speedway Track Champion
Busch_Car_Team = 9 - Gillett Evernham Motorsports| Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Busch_Pos = 101st | Best_Busch_Pos = 5th - 1997 (Busch)
Busch_Wins = 5
Busch_Top_Tens = 36
Busch_Poles = 5
First_Busch_Race = 1995 Ford Credit 300 (South Boston)
First_Busch_Win = 1997 Core States Advantage 200 (Nazareth)
Last_Busch_Win = 2004 AC Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Best_Truck_Pos = 104th - 2000
Truck_Wins = 0
Truck_Top_Tens = 0
Truck_Poles = 0
First_Truck_Race = 2000 Kroger 200 (Richmond)
Updated_On = September 19, 2008

Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975 in Emporia, Virginia) is a race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the #19 Best Buy Dodge Charger for Gillett Evernham Motorsports with teammates Patrick Carpentier and Kasey Kahne. 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. In July 2008, Elliott announced his engagement to Amanda Prince [ [http://drinkthis.typepad.com/answer_this/2008/07/sadler-engaged.html "Sadler engages his future with this...," "Answer this..."] July 2, 2008.] .

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.Fact|date=February 2007

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.

1995-1998

Sadler made his Nationwide Series debut in 1995 at South Boston. He qualified fifteenth in the #46 DeWalt Tools Chevy, and finished eighth. He ran another race that season at Richmond International Raceway, but finished 24th. He began 1996 driving a part-time schedule for his family-owned team, before switching over to the #29 WCW Chevy owned by Diamond Ridge Motorsports. He had three top-tens in the Diamond Ridge ride, his best finish coming at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, where he finished fifth. After making thirteen starts that year, he finished 35th in points.

Sadler and Diamond Ridge began 1997 unsponsored, but grabbed two poles, at Daytona and Darlington respectively. Midway through the season, Phillips 66 came on board as the team's sponsor and Sadler won his first career race at Nazareth Speedway. He followed that up with back-to-back wins at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Gateway International Raceway. He won an additional four pole positions and finished a career-best fifth in points. He also attempted the UAW-GM Quality 500 in the Cup Series for Team SABCO, but failed to qualify.

In 1998, Sadler's team switched to the #66, and won early in the season at Bristol. He made his Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the #92 for Diamond Ridge, starting 31st but finishing 42nd after an engine failure. He ran another Cup race later at Bristol, finishing 24th. After another win at North Carolina Speedway, Sadler announced he would leave Diamond Ridge at the end of the season.

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.

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.

2004

Elliott Sadler had his finest season in NASCAR yet. Sadler started the year 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'd made the Chase, and finished a career high ninth in the championship standings.

2005-2007

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

For the 2008 season, Sadler has new sponsorship, including Best Buy for 15 races, Stanley Tools for 13 races, McDonald's for 6 races, and Siemens for 2 races. Sadler qualified 35th for the Daytona 500 after having right tire issues in the Gatorade Duel race. In the race, Sadler went on to his fifth top-ten finish in the Daytona 500 by finishing sixth. At California, Sadler finished 24th. At Las Vegas, Sadler posted a 12th place finish and was 9th in points.

References

* [http://www.sadlerfanclub.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=5&num=625 Elliott Sadler Bio]
* [http://www.nascar.com/2006/news/features/last_lap/07/18/esadler_19/index.html Elliot Sadler going to Evernham Motorsports]
* [http://www.nascar.com/2006/news/headlines/cup/08/16/esadler.no19.dodge/index.html Evernham Motorsports confirms Elliot Sadler as driver at Michigan]
* [http://www.robertyatesracing.com/pages/news/news_details.asp?newsid=313 Doug Yates confirms Elliott Sadler is leaving]
* [http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/5798382 Silly Saga: Elliot Sadler going to Evernham]

External links

* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=sadleel01 Elliott Sadler Career Statistics]
* [http://www.cocacolaracingfamily.com/sadler.html Coca-Cola Racing Family's Elliott Sadler profile]
* [http://www.elliottsadlerracefans.com Elliott Sadler Race Fans site - News, Races & Stats]
* [http://www.sadlerfoundation.org/main.shtml Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation for Autism]
* [http://blog.paythefan.com/blog/category/elliott_sadlers_expert_analysis/ Elliot Sadler's Pay The Fan Auto Racing Blog]
* [http://www.nascarracingpool.com/Pools/Pool.aspx?PoolID=138 Elliott Sadler Fun Club Offical Nascar Pool @ Nascarracingpool.com]


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