Elloitt Sadler ready NNS season opener at Daytona

Sadler begins the new season with a new crew chief and a new team at Joe Gibbs Racing.

NEW TEAM, ONE DREAM: Elliott Sadler will kick off the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Daytona International Speedway in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. Sadler joined the JGR lineup in the off-season and will pilot the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Camry. The OneMain Financial driver finished second in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with four wins, four pole awards, 15 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.

Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

MEET THE CREW CHIEF: Crew chief Chris Gayle will call his first shots this weekend at Daytona for the No. 11 team. Gayle, however, is not a stranger to the pit box as he has served as senior team engineer for the No. 18 Sprint Cup Series Toyota team. The Little Rock, Ark., native has been with JGR for more than 10 years and attended the University of Arkansas and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

EXPERIENCE AT DAYTONA: Sadler heads back to the track where he earned his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole award in 1997. With seven starts in the Nationwide Series at Daytona, his best finish at the 2.5-mile track was last season where he started and finished in the third position in the February event. Sadler also has experience at the superspeedway in two other NASCAR series, making 25 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He also made two starts at the Daytona Beach, Fla., track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with one top-five finish and 56 laps led.

THINK PINK: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com.

Elliott Sadler Quotes: "It's a new season, and I'm thrilled to be part of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. They have really treated me as part of the family already, and I can't wait to get to Daytona to get this season rolling. The Nationwide Series is stacked this year, and there is going to be a fierce battle to the end for this championship. I really do believe that we have all the parts and pieces in place to win this championship. I feel great working with (crew chief) Chris Gayle, and Daytona is always such a big stage that it gets everyone that much more excited for the season. I think I'm a pretty good restrictor plate racer, and I think we have a really good plan going into this weekend."

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Drivers Eric Gilbert , Elliott Sadler
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Tags daytona, jgr, joe gibbs, nascar-ns, nationwide, sadler, toyota