News & Media


Sadler to drive for Joe Denette Motorsports in select races

July 27, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler will drive a second entry for Joe Denette Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway (August) and Martinsville Speedway (November).

"I've known Joe Denette for a few years," said Sadler, who will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet. "So when he offered me the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of one of his trucks at Bristol and Martinsville, I jumped on it!"

Sadler

During the past five years, Sadler has 16 Truck Series starts where he's earned one win (Pocono, 2010) after starting on the pole, along with four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. Additionally, Sadler is one of only 22 drivers to have recorded a win in all three of NASCAR's elite divisions and is one of only 16 drivers to have earned a pole award and win in all three series.

"The trucks are a lot of fun to drive," Sadler said. "The drivers race every single lap like it's the last one. I've had a chance to run several races this year in the Truck Series with Kevin Harvick Inc. and feel like I've learned a lot about what these trucks need from a driver's standpoint to be able to go fast. Hopefully, we'll win one of these races for Joe Denette and his partners. It's a lot of fun to go out and race for the win and not have to worry about points."

Although Sadler has only one start at Bristol (2010) and one start at Martinsville (2003) in the Truck Series, he is looking forward to making his debut with the rookie team at two of his favorite short tracks.

"Bristol is one of my favorite tracks," Sadler said. "I've won there in a Sprint Cup car and a Nationwide car so it would be really cool to get a win there in the Truck Series, as well. Martinsville is in my home state of Virginia so there will be a little added pressure to do well that weekend. Jason [White] has made some big strides in the past few races and I feel like we'll work well together as teammates."