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Sadler retires from full-time NASCAR responsibilities

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Stock car driver Elliott Sadler announced on Wednesday that he will no longer race in NASCAR full-time. The 43-year-old is the latest stock car driver, who has retired from full-time competition at a young age.

Sadler is the same age as Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing after last season. This season, the Virginia native has been primarily a NASCAR Xfinity Series racer.

Stock car driver Elliott Sadler racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Elliott Sadler racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Getty Images)

“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 a Facebook post. “It’s time for me, as a dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams. 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 of their special moments. I want to be there to hug them when they do well and dust them of 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.

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“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, and fans. I know I’m going to miss seeing all of y’all week-in and week-out. The people are what make our sport so special.”

He does not have a single win this season. Yet, he does have 10 Top 5 finishes and 17 Top 10 finishes.

Sadler has two poles – one over each of the past two seasons – in 54 races. He finished sixth in the Rock N Roll Tequila 170.

Justin Allgaier won the race on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Sadler has two second place finishes at Daytona this season. His other second place finish came at Dover in May.

In 21-years, as a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, he has made 383 starts. He has 13 wins – his last wins came in 2016 when he had 3 – with 102 top 5 and 219 top 10’s.

He also has 18 poles and races in 68,950 laps, while leading 2,042 of them. He has made $10.079 million from racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in career earnings.

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In 17-years, as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racer, he has made 438 starts – including three starts in 2017 – with three wins. His last Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win came in 2004.

He’s also had 19 Top 5 finishes and 69 Top 10 finishes. He’s also had eight poles – his last being in 2010.

Sadler has races in 122,385 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where he has led 1,251 laps. Sadler has made $46.968 million from racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

He’s also made 20 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts – his last in 2011. He has one career win in the series that came in 2010.

He also has four Top 5’s and 10 Top 10’s. Sadler has two career poles, which came in 2010 and 2011.

He has also had 2,863 laps races in the Truck Series, while he has led 289 laps. He has earned $300,722 in earnings from racing in the Truck Series.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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