Elliott Sadler doesn’t live with regrets. He also doesn’t like to get caught up in the ‘what if’ scenarios. But in the second part of his podcast interview, Sadler relates moments and events from throughout his 23-year NASCAR career that will never fade from memory.
The inaugural Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of those. In 2012, Sadler was black flagged on the race’s final restart when NASCAR declared he beat the leader to the start/finish line. There was no arguing Sadler had committed the infraction. But he fought NASCAR on how he’d beat Brad Keselowski, arguing the Team Penske driver had spun his tires in the restart zone.
NASCAR didn’t budge, and Sadler lost the race. He took his case to the officials in the NASCAR hauler afterward — and never expected the reaction he got from then vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.
“I will never forget Pemberton turning to me and going, ‘Oh my God, Elliott, I’m sorry. We are so sorry,’” said Sadler after a thorough videotape review. “And I’m like, ‘That does not give me the win.’ And look, that was a huge turning point in the championship.”
Hear about that story and many more from Sadler’s Xfinity Series career in Part 2. And if you missed Part 1, click here to give it a listen.