Richmond II: Elliott Sadler preview

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler waited until he was heading back home to race in Richmond, Virginia before making a very special announcement this week--he and his wife Amanda are expecting the arrival of their first child in March. The ...

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler waited until he was heading back home to race in Richmond, Virginia before making a very special announcement this week--he and his wife Amanda are expecting the arrival of their first child in March.

The Emporia, Va. native made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon during his weekly segment on Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody.

SADLER ON RICHMOND: "The Richmond race in the fall is a huge race for everyone. Teams are all jockeying for position and trying to get in the Chase. The No. 19 Dodge is out of contention for a spot, but we're still doing everything we can to help the No. 9 team get into the Chase. The win at Atlanta was big for the RPM team and now to get a Petty car into the Chase would really be special. We'll all be sharing information and doing our part to help the No. 9 this week."

ON THE ADDITION TO THE SADLER FAMILY: "I couldn't be any happier. Amanda and I want to have a big family with three or four kids, so we figured it was time to get started. We've known for a little while now, but thought it'd be special to share the news with friends and family this week as we head to Richmond. This is very special for us and something we both knew we wanted to happen soon. We are expecting the baby sometime in March and have a special plan for sharing the sex of our baby with our families. We are going to have the doctor put the sex of the baby in a envelope and not tell anyone, then take everyone out to dinner and open the envelope as a group so we all share the experience together."

* Sadler is tied with Tony Stewart for the longest active DNF streak (48 races) of drivers that have competed in every race. Regan Smith is at 53 races, but has not competed in every race during that span.

* Sadler's last DNF occurred on June 1, 2008 at Dover. Both Sadler and Stewart were involved in the same on-track incident to start their current streaks.

* Sadler is scheduled to appear at Best Buy, 4410 Laburnum Ave. in Richmond, Va., on Thursday between 6--8 p.m. to sign autographs and greet race fans.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Regan Smith , Elliott Sadler