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Sadler earns third straight 2018 Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver Award

Elliott Sadler has been named the NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the third consecutive year.

Sadler retired from full-time NASCAR national series competition following the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, ending a 23-year tenure that saw him compete in 853 races across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.

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The driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet finished fifth in the final Xfinity Series standings after making it through to the Round of 8 in the Playoffs, concluding his last season with 14 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.

The award for Sadler, 43, continues a seven-year run for JR Motorsports drivers. Other former JRM drivers to earn the honor during that time include Chase Elliott (2014-15), Regan Smith (2013) and Danica Patrick (2012). The Virginia native also won the award in 2011.

Sadler will be honored at the Xfinity Series Awards banquet on Dec. 8 in Charlotte.