NASCAR podcast: Elliott Sadler, part 1

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NASCAR podcast: Elliott Sadler, part 1


NASCAR podcast: Elliott Sadler, part 1


After 23 years in NASCAR, Elliott Sadler has hung up the helmet to spend more time with his family. But before he does, Sadler checks in with the Racing Writer’s Podcast to reflect on what was a full, adventurous career.

In the first part of our conversation, you’ll hear about the craziness of his first go-kart and stock car races, which didn’t turn out well for his older brother Hermie. He also relates the backstory of landing a NASCAR Cup Series ride with the Wood Brothers even though he didn’t really believe it was Eddie Wood on the phone with him.

From there, Sadler recalls in vivid detail his first career win at Bristol; the first time he flipped at Talladega and what happened in the infield care center; why 2004 was his career year in the Cup Series; why his 2010 Pocono wreck was worse than he thought it would be; and the Daytona 500 that got away.

You’ll also hear how Sadler wound up in a Kevin Harvick truck, which changed his career; what he feels are the highlights of his Cup career; the circus that was the Gillett Evernham Motorsports 19 team; the genius of Robert Yates and meetings at the Golden Corral. Finally, Sadler shares what he believes was the best race he ever ran in the Cup Series.