NASCAR Executive VP and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell presents Elliott Sadler with the regular-season championship trophy.
Elliott Sadler talks about how special Darlington Raceway is to him, particularly his 2016 win, which came as JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sitting out with concussion-like symptoms.
Elliott Sadler reveals that he will be donating his race winnings from the Darlington race to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
A regular-season championship will have to wait for Elliott Sadler after a late-race incident with Erik Jones ended his day early in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Elliott Sadler was very grateful for the 15 bonus points he will receive after clinching the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular-season championship at Richmond.
The No. 48 of Brennan Poole gets into leader Elliott Sadler at Mid-Ohio, causing the No. 1 to kick up some dust.
RELATED: Austin Dillon on 'Rosewood' NASCAR XFINITY Series stars Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and Elliott Sadler are returning to Las Vegas this week, but not for a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The drivers are joining such luminaries as Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Miss America Savvy Shields as presenters at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2. Wallace and Sadler will take the stage to announce the Video of the Year Award presented by XFINITY. Co-hosted by country music superstars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, the awards show will be broadcast live (8-11 p.m. ET, delayed 8-11 PT) on CBS. Musicians slated to perform include Reba McIntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and the Backstreet Boys. Sadler helpfully provided NASCAR.com with his current country music playlist. Be sure to tune in Sunday, April 2, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Elliott Sadler's playlist • The Baby, Blake Shelton • Troubadour, George Strait • Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler), Alabama • Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker • Cowboys and Angels, Dustin Lynch • Stay, Florida Georgia Line • Drink a Beer, Luke Bryan • You Should Be Here, Cole Swindell
RELATED: Buy tickets for Daytona HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 12, 2017) -- Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today that the team will compete in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler behind the wheel of the No. 7 Golden Corral Chevrolet. Sadler , a 16-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series , will be running double-duty during NASCAR's opening weekend competing in both the Cup and XFINITY Series. The Emporia, Virginia native and Baldwin have a relationship dating back to their days at Robert Yates Racing when Baldwin served as crew chief for Sadler . "This is a great opportunity for me and everyone affiliated with Tommy Baldwin Racing ," said Sadler . "I love the Daytona 500 and to have Tommy and Golden Corral offer me this opportunity is awesome. Tommy and I have known each other a long time. We actually won a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 together back in 2006. We're gonna rekindle some of that magic and work our tails off to get our car in the race. I know Tommy is putting a lot of effort into this and we're gonna go out and get the best result we possibly can for him and TBR's partners." Golden Corral returns for their seventh season together and will bring back their popular 'Top 10 Kids Eat Free' promotion. If Elliott Sadler finishes in the top-10 at Daytona, kids 10 and under will eat free at Golden Corral restaurants nationwide on Monday, February 27th. "We are excited to be working with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the seventh season," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral. "We will be cheering Elliott on to qualify at Daytona and then race for a Top 10 Kids Eat Free finish." "We look forward to having Elliott join TBR and Golden Corral for the upcoming Daytona 500 ," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. " Elliott has always been a strong restrictor plate racer which makes this a great opportunity for everyone involved. We know our fans look forward to the 'Top10 Kids Eat Free' promotion every year so we want to capitalize on that and finish the Daytona 500 strong."
The NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader heading into the second race of the season has a familiar face, if not exactly a familiar home. After years of bouncing from team to team, Elliott Sadler hopes he's found the right landing place at JR Motorsports, reuniting with team principals Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Kelley Earnhardt Miller in their No. 1 Chevrolet. After finishing fourth behind JRM team driver Chase Elliott in the series' opening round at Daytona last weekend, he enters Saturday's Heads Up Georgia 250 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM) with a possible springboard into the rest of the 33-race schedule. "Momentum is the main thing," Sadler said after last weekend's top-five effort at Daytona. "Look, guys, I'm in a great situation. A lot of people don't know the history of Dale Jr. and Kelley and myself. We've known each other since we were teenagers. For our relationship to come full circle and be at this race team, to see how much effort they have put into the program this winter. Showed today, three of the top four were JR Motorsports cars. I feel like we have some good stuff coming down the road." Though his agreement with JRM was made public only last October, Elliott said he's already become enamored with the team's preparation. But it isn't the only factor that's won him over. "I've been very impressed on the family atmosphere," Sadler said. "There's a lot of racers over there that do it for the fun of it, do it for the love of the sport. That seems to have impressed me the most so far." Sadler's XFINITY tenure has had its own measure of success, but it's also required several suitcase changes. Since returning to the series full-time in 2011, Sadler has finished no worse than sixth in the final standings but his driving duties have spanned four employers in a five-year stretch -- Kevin Harvick Inc. (2011), Richard Childress Racing (2012), Joe Gibbs Racing (2013-14) and Roush Fenway Racing (2015). Will his fifth team in six seasons be the change that takes root? Earnhardt hopes to provide some stability, both with JRM's technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports and with new crew chief Kevin Meendering. "The last couple years have been a little challenging for him," Earnhardt said last weekend at Daytona. "I'm hoping that we give him a great foundation and a lot of support to be able to be competitive this year, get back to Victory Lane. We got a great crew chief working with him, as well. Our crew chief lineup is very strong. That's going to carry our team, our whole company this year. "You always think about trying to get the best driver you can in the seat, but, boy, I've learned over the last five years how important that crew chief is. We've got, I think, the best guys in the garage on all three cars." While Daytona results typically have no direct correlation to rest-of-the-season performance, Sadler said he's already impressed despite the small sample size of time together with JRM. "That always feels good," Sadler said. "These guys have put a lot of effort in my race cars, and I think it showed all weekend how good all of our cars were. And I think we'll have something when we get to Atlanta also."
With a new team and a new year comes a new paint scheme for Elliott Sadler 's OneMain Financial-sponsored Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The paint scheme, as well as the number of the car, were revealed online Wednesday on OneMainRacing.com. Unveiled the new car tonight in front of @onemaintalk employees with @Elliott_Sadler pic.twitter.com/6GeXIYYRHj — OneMain Racing (@OneMainRacing) January 7, 2016 Sadler's move to the Dale Earnhardt Jr . co-owned JRM was announced in October. At that announcement at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt talked about the sense of steadiness their support would provide. " Elliott has worked with OneMain for a very long time so that's an easy relationship to trust and get behind and be a part of," Earnhardt said. " … I will say when we told our employees on the shop floor, they were ecstatic. It brings stability and those people really depend on that." In 2015, Sadler finished sixth in the XFINITY Series standings driving for Roush Fenway Racing . Before that, he spent two years driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and a season driving for Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY . In 296 starts in the series, Sadler has 10 wins.