Elliott Sadler, whose run as a full-time Cup Series driver began in 1999, will end his full-time racing career after the 2018 season.
The 43-year-old Sadler made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.
After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full time in NASCAR. (Full Statement: https://t.co/iLQnNG215o) pic.twitter.com/cKEclUt55F
— Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) August 15, 2018
“After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full-time in NASCAR. 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,” Sadler said.
Sadler’s best season on NASCAR’s premier circuit came in 2004 when he won two races and finished ninth in points to make NASCAR’s first-ever chase. In 12 full-time seasons in Cup he earned three wins, 19 top fives and eight poles.
Sadler was far more successful in the Xfinity Series with 13 wins and 219 top-10 finishes. After finishing third in points the last three seasons, he’s currently second in Xfinity points with 12 races remaining on the 2018 schedule.