Sadler reflects on Mother's Day

EMPORIA, VA (May 7, 2004) -- Growing up in the small town of Emporia, Virginia, the typical chances of Elliott Sadler making it to the highest rank of NASCAR racing could have been slim. Sadler was born with talent but without the help of his...

EMPORIA, VA (May 7, 2004) -- Growing up in the small town of Emporia, Virginia, the typical chances of Elliott Sadler making it to the highest rank of NASCAR racing could have been slim. Sadler was born with talent but without the help of his mother and father, Bell and Herman Sadler, his dreams might not have materialized.

“My Mom and Dad both have been so great to me growing up,” explained Sadler. “If it was not for them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I honestly don't know what I would be doing. I was fortunate enough that they were able to afford things to help me grow in pretty much whatever I wanted to accomplish. They helped me by sending me wherever I needed to go to learn how to drive and race go-karts, and being lenient with me in school. I had to maintain a certain grade - that was the deal - to be able to race.

“My parents have been great influences on my career and I had a great up-bringing. My Mom would always be running me down the road to practices here and there and everywhere. She not only had me to do that for but Hermie and my sister Missi too. She's done a great job and sacrificed a lot of her time so Hermie and I could race and become what we are today. She's been supportive of us the whole time.

“Thinking back, it must have been tough for her to see her little seven year old baby racing a go-kart at 90 miles an hour. She might have been pretty scared - but she was very supportive. That's a lot to ask of your mom when you have a seven-year-old kid out there racing like that. She must have been worried inside but I think she was used to that with her uncle's racing as she was growing up. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to re-pay her back for the things she and Daddy have done for me. I’m just glad to be able to spend Mother’s Day with her. She is one special lady."

Sadler, who us currently 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points, will spend some time at home before he heads to his ‘home’ track at Richmond International Raceway.

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