Elliott Sadler is coming out of retirement to compete for Kaulig Racing in two races this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
The 43-year-old will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway this spring and atLas Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall, the team announced Thursday, Feb. 28.
Nutrien Agriculture Solutions will sponsor the effort, as it has with the No. 10’s other events so far this season.
Sadler, who drove full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series the last eight seasons after a lengthy Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, retired from full-time competition at the end of 2018.
While competing in the Xfinity Series, Sadler netted 395 starts across 21 seasons and collected 13 victories driving for Diamond Ridge Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and JR Motorsports. While the veteran driver failed to score a championship, Sadler finished runner-up in points four times.
“I said I would only return to the race track if the right opportunity came along, and this is it,” Sadler said in a team release. “I’m thrilled to partner with Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kaulig Racing for these two races and team up with Ross Chastain behind the wheel of the No. 10 Chevy. I believe in the mission of Nutrien Ag Solutions, as they help farmers lead the field, and they wanted me to put my helmet back on to do the same at Richmond and Las Vegas.”
Last season, the four-time most popular driver failed to reach Victory Lane but scored 14 top-five finishes, including nine in the first 11 races, driving for the No. 1 Chevrolet.
“We are so excited to have Elliott drive for us at Kaulig Racing,” Chris Rice, team president, added. “Elliott and I grew up racing together at South Boston Speedway, so to have him race for us at his home track is special. We have a great partnership with Nutrien Ag Solutions, who are huge supporters of Elliott, so it is a win-win for our team.”
Kaulig Racing currently fields the No. 11 Chevrolet full time for rookie of the year contender Justin Haley. In addition, Sadler joins a growing list of drivers, including Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain who compete for Kaulig’s part-time effort, the No. 10 Chevrolet.