LOOKING FOR WIN NO. 1: This weekend when Elliott Sadler climbs behind the wheel of the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota, he will make his 20th-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at his home track of Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (RIR). In his 19 previous starts at the famed short track, Sadler’s best finish is second in 2005. He will be looking to make start number 20 number one with his first win at the track.
SEASON KICK-OFF: Elliott Sadler will kick off the race season for Sport Clips Racing this weekend carrying their colors on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Sport Clips will return to the car for six more races this season with Sadler (May 10 – Darlington; July 5 – Daytona; July 13 – New Hampshire; August 3 – Iowa; September 21 – Kentucky; October 5 – Kansas) and two races with Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team (May 11 – Darlington; August 31 – Atlanta).
THINK PINK: The Sport Clips Racing driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.SadlerFoundation.org.
BATTER UP! Elliott Sadler will represent Team Dover when he participates in the second annual celebrity softball game between Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway on Wednesday, April 24th in Harrisburg, Pa. Fellow Toyota driver Clint Bowyer will serve as the team captain for Team Dover taking on Kevin Harvick and Team Pocono prior to the Harrisburg Senators hosting the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. ET.
POINTS UPDATE: After six races of the 2013 season, Elliott Sadler currently sits seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Point Standings, 36 points out of first.
RACE INFO: The ToyotaCare250 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ESPNews, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Elliott Sadler: “Everyone knows that Richmond is my home track. The coolest thing about racing so close to home is having all of my family and friends there the entire weekend. As a kid, I remember making the trip to Richmond International Raceway to watch my dad’s cars, my uncle race, and even my brother, Hermie, race the late models and the then-Busch Series cars. There are still a lot of friends, neighbors and family that have tickets to come and watch all the events here at Richmond. It’s pretty neat how Southside Virginia has supported the Sadler family throughout the years. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be on one side of the fence as a young fan growing up, and then be on the other side of the fence as a competitor. Richmond is very special to all of us, and it’s hard to believe that I will be making my 20th start at the track I grew up going around. I’m thrilled to be driving for Sports Clips this weekend, and I hope to bring them to Victory Lane for their first race with me in front of my hometown crowd.”