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In the Draft: Family time

June 14, 2011, Elliott Sadler, Special to NASCAR.COM,

As Sadler's family prepares to expand, he's taking a step back ... to his parents' house

How many NASCAR drivers do you know who have to move into their parents' house? Maybe an 18-year-old kid, but not many veteran drivers. Well, I'm moving back in with my parents soon ... temporarily.

As Amanda and I expand our family with baby Wyatt and another one on the way, we are having to expand our home as well. Right now, we are creating an addition to our house to give us enough room for the kids to run around and have some fun. Emporia is a great place to raise a family, and I feel lucky for the chance to bring up Wyatt and our next child here. We will be finding out the gender of the baby soon, which both Amanda and I are excited about.

We've had two weeks since our last race. Chicagoland was fun, and we had a really great car. It's fun to race when you know that you have a car that can really contend for the win. We finished 11th after we had some tire issues toward the end of the race, which was disappointing after running up front all night. Week in and week out, these guys are working to make the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet its best, and I'm looking forward to bringing this team its first win this season.

During the off weekend, I had the chance to go to Nags Head, which is on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It is one of my favorite places in the entire world. It was one of those family vacation spots that you always remember. I'm thankful for the break, but I'm ready to get back to the track.

We're heading to Michigan next. Not only is it one of my favorite tracks, but when we have some down time, you can catch me enjoying a meal at Jerry's On the Lake, or just spending time outside where the humidity is a bit lower than that in North Carolina or Virginia. It's a wide track. For two miles around the track, you can't let your guard down. Fuel mileage, like we've seen in a lot of Nationwide and Cup events this year, will most likely be a factor this weekend. I think that we have to unload off the truck quickly and prepare as soon as we get there. Michigan is somewhere that you want to qualify good in order to race good.

I have not been to victory lane at Michigan, but I'm hoping that changes this weekend.


In the Draft with Elliott Sadler is a twice-monthly blog and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Follow him and the No. 2 KHI team on Twitter: @Elliott_Sadler, @OneMainRacing or @KHI_NNS.