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This veteran stock car driver is calling it quits after more than two decades in NASCAR – but he’s not hanging up his driving suit just yet…
Elliott Sadler has become one of the most visible and talented drivers in both NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series and their Xfinity Series since his first entry in the 1995 Ford Credit 300 at South Boston Speedway – where he was crowned the track champion after winning 13 races (complete with a six-race streak.)
In the last two years, Sadler has been racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s own team, JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series and finished out his run in the Cup Series racing for Tommy Baldwin Racing. For 2018, Sadler has competed exclusively in the Xfinity Series…but that all will come to an end soon.
Taking to social media and addressing all of his fans, friends, and fellow drivers – Elliott Sadler formally announced his retirement from full-time racing and explained why he chose to do so.
“After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full time in NASCAR,” he said in the opening of his letter.
His reasons for calling it quits are admirable and even though he’s stepping away from the wheel as a full-time career, Sadler says that he’ll be around racing his hardest to finish this season out and surely we’ll find him on the track again in the future.
“It’s time for me, as a Dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams,” Sadler explained. “Wyatt is 8 and Austyn is 6 and both of them are very active at school and in extracurricular activities. I want to be with them for all their special moments. I want to be there to hug them when they do well and dust them off and send them back out there when they fall. It’s time for me to be the full-time dad that I want to be.”
Sadler came in as runner-up during last year’s Xfinity Series and we are certain he will finish out strong in the 2018 season. He marks a growing trend of drivers who are retiring earlier than tradition has seen in the past. Joining the ranks of Carl Edwards, Dale Jr., and Danica Patrick as drivers who have exited the track in favor of other options.
We wish Sadler the best of luck in his future endeavors and are glad he’s taking extra time to spend with his children!
Listen to Dale Jr. open up about their deep friendship in the video below.