By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Although he stepped away from full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series competition at the end of last season, Elliott Sadler will return for two races with Kaulig Racing. Sadler will drive the No. 10 Ag Nutrien Solutions Chevrolet Camaro SS as a teammate to Justin Haley.
Sadler becomes the third driver of Kaulig’s No. 10 Chevrolet, joining Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain. He will make his 2019 debut at Richmond Raceway on April 12th and will also compete in the regular season finale for the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS will compete in the majority of the 2019 season.
After a three-season stint with JR Motorsports, Sadler retired from full-time competition last year, saying that he would only come back if the right opportunity was presented. In his 21-year Xfinity Series career, he earned 13 victories in 395 starts and finished runner-up in the championship four times.
“I said I would only return to the race track if the right opportunity came along, and this is it,” Sadler explained. “I’m thrilled to partner with Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kaulig Racing for these two races and team up with Ross Chastain behind the wheel of the No. 10 Chevy. I believe in the mission of Nutrien Ag Solutions, as they help farmers lead the field, and they wanted me to put my helmet back on to do the same at Richmond and Las Vegas.”
Sadler has 31 Xfinity starts at Richmond with a best finish of second in 2005. He has six top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at the 0.75-mile short track. In 13 starts at Las Vegas, Sadler has a best finish of third in 2012, along with four top-five and six top-10 finishes.
Of Sadler’s 13 wins, two came at 1.5-mile tracks, Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Four of his victories came at short tracks, one at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Iowa Speedway, and two at Bristol Motor Speedway. Iowa Speedway is very similar in design to his home track, Richmond.
“We are so excited to have Elliott drive for us at Kaulig Racing,” said Kaulig Racing President, Chris Rice. “Elliott and I grew up racing together at South Boston Speedway, so to have him race for us at his home track is special. We have a great partnership with Nutrien Ag Solutions, who are huge supporters of Elliott, so it is a win-win for our team.”
In addition to their sponsorship of Sadler, Nutrien Ag Solutions is also sponsoring Chastain in his starts with Kaulig Racing. After the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Chastain and Nutrien Ag will return to Kaulig at Chicagoland and the Texas Motor Speedway playoff race.
“Elliott has been a great friend of Nutrien Ag Solutions for almost a year now,” said Brent Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Nutrien Ag Solutions. “We are proud to bring him back to the track. We and our growers look forward to seeing Elliott leading the field for these two races and continuing our great partnership with Kaulig Racing.”
Further driver and sponsor announcements for the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS will be made later.