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Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion, became a father earlier this week as his wife, Amanda, gave birth to Wyatt Herman Fritz Sadler on Monday, Feb. 15. Sadler spoke about the experience before practice. WHAT WAS THAT ...

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion, became a father earlier this week as his wife, Amanda, gave birth to Wyatt Herman Fritz Sadler on Monday, Feb. 15. Sadler spoke about the experience before practice.

WHAT WAS THAT FEELING LIKE WHEN WYATT WAS BORN? "It was by far the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. I've been able to do some cool things in my life and be around a lot of cool stuff -- a cool sport like NASCAR -- but the first time I heard him cry after he was born was by far the coolest thing that's ever happened to me. My wife and I are very lucky. Everything is going great. I'm looking forward to getting him home and spending some time with him, but it was tough leaving him and coming to California. I've heard from all my friends about how your life is gonna change and you're gonna look at things a lot differently, and when I had to leave him, knowing I'm gonna be gone for a couple days before I get back home, was very, very tough. How can something so small create your heart to feel so much love and so much pain all at the same time? We're very, very proud of everything that's going on and I'm looking forward to this part of my life."

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE NAME? "Wyatt is a name that my wife and I just really like. We like those western style names and he has four names like his dad. My family likes naming kids after other people in your family, so his second name is Herman, after my dad, and his third name is Fritz, which is after her grandma, so we took care of both sides of the family and everybody is happy. Wyatt is just a name that we thought was cool and we thought was neat, so that's why we went with that."

WHAT ARE YOUR FOUR NAMES? "My names are Elliott William Barnes Sadler. Elliott is my mom's maiden name, William is after my uncle, Barnes is my dad's mom's maiden name."

HAVE YOU GOTTEN ANY SLEEP? "Yeah, I've had a lot of sleep. It's been good. We haven't talked about this much, but he has to stay in the hospital a couple weeks. He had to have surgery after he was born and all of that went well. We knew it was gonna happen, but there were just some things with his appendix and intestines, but all of that went great. It's been good. He's recovering very well and my wife is healing well, but I got some sleep in the hospital. It was tough leaving him at night and having to leave him downstairs to go back upstairs and sleep, but it's been a wonderful experience and now I'm looking forward to the day we can get him home."

-source: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler