Elliott Sadler Moving to JR Motorsports in 2016by Kyle Pokrefky October 2, 2015 0 comments
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Elliott Sadler officially revealed his plans for next season Friday morning by announcing that he will drive full-time for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Sadler, 40, will pilot a Chevrolet Camaro for the team with full sponsorship being provided by long-time Sadler sponsor OneMain Financial.
The car number and the crew chief for Sadler for 2016 are to be determined at a later date.
The move to JR Motorsports will make for Sadler’s fourth team in five years in the XFINITY Series. Sadler raced for Richard Childress Racing (then Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2011) in 2012, Joe Gibbs Racing from 2013-to-2014 and currently races for Roush Fenway Racing in the team’s No. 1 Ford.
“It’s an honor to be in the position to represent JR Motorsports and OneMain Financial on and off the track next season,” Sadler said of his home for next year. “I’ve known Kelley [Earnhardt Miller] and Dale Jr. a long time and I respect their passion and desire to win in this business. I’m proud to partner with OneMain Financial and continue our longstanding relationship.”
With the addition of OneMain Financial to the sponsorship fold for JR Motorsports, each of the team’s cars for 2016 will carry the company as an associate sponsor.
Sadler’s move to JR Motorsports also serves as a return for the Emporia, Va. native to JR Motorsports as he made four starts in the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet in 2010 – coming home with a best finish of seventh at Michigan.
“We are very pleased to welcome OneMain Financial and Elliott into the JR Motorsports family,” Earnhardt Miller, co-owner and general manager of JRM, said. “Elliott has raced a few times for us in the past, and now together with OneMain Financial, we’re thrilled to put together a championship-caliber team for him in 2016.
“Off-track, JRM is looking forward to developing a mutually beneficial partnership with OneMain Financial and one that will help further their brand.”
Since his return to the XFINITY Series full-time in 2011, Sadler has five race victories, 47 top-fives and 106 top-10s to his credit as well as a best points finish of second coming in 2011 and 2012.
Through 27 races of the season this year, Sadler currently sits sixth in the drivers standings with Roush Fenway Racing and has a best race finish of second coming in Daytona’s July race.
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