Elliott Sadler to retire after 2018 season
After more than 800 starts in NASCAR's top three series, Elliott Sadler is calling it a career.
The Xfinity Series regular announced Wednesday that 2018 will be his final season competing full-time in NASCAR. Sadler, ranked second in the Xfinity Series standings through 22 races, made the announcement on Twitter, saying it is time to help his young children, Wyatt and Austyn, achieve their dreams.
"As I look back, I've had an amazing career thanks to an overwhelming amount of support from so many family members, friends, team members, corporate partners
Sadler has 17 career wins across NASCAR's national touring series and qualified for the first Chase for the Cup in 2004. His first now-Xfinity Series win came at Nazareth in 1997, and he'll return to the site of his first Cup win this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sadler won the 2001 Food City 500 with the Wood Brothers, giving the iconic team their only win at Bristol in 71 starts.
The Emporia, Virginia native has competed full-time in the Xfinity Series since 2012 and has finished no worse than sixth in seven seasons. Since joining JR Motorsports, Sadler has been runner-up in the series twice.
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