Some NASCAR drivers who step away from racing have entered a driver analyst role for a television, radio and/or print outlet (Jeff Burton, Geoff Bodine, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace), but don’t expect Elliott Sadler to make the switch after 2018.
“You won’t see me after Homestead unless you come to Virginia,” Sadler said to The Racing Experts.
Sadler said he would be interested in going back to the track “as a fan.”
“I’ll come drink some beer and watch the race with the fans, but we’ve got enough people doing TV and radio, they don’t need me to do it,” he said.
Sadler announced in August he would step away from full-time racing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Sadler has competed in all of NASCAR’s top-tier series, running in races as early as 1995.
Career highlights for Sadler include amassing over 800 starts across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series with 3 wins in Cup, 13 in Xfinity and 1 in the Truck Series.
The 43-year-old driver was one of the 10 drivers who qualified for the first version of NASCAR’s playoffs in 2004. He has also finished runner up in Xfinity championship standings four times (2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017).
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