Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975 in Emporia, Virginia) is a race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the #19 Best Buy Dodge Charger for Gillett Evernham Motorsports with teammates Patrick Carpentier and Kasey Kahne. He has three career Craftsman Truck Series starts, his best finish coming at Richmond in 2000. His older brother Hermie Sadler is an announcer for SPEED Channel. In July 2008, Elliott announced his engagement to Amanda Prince.
When he turned 18, he moved to the Winston Racing Series and ran full-time beginning in 1993. That same year, he achieved his first victory, and in 1995 was crowned track champion at South Boston Speedway, where he achieved 13 wins that year, including a 6-race winning streak.
Sadler and Diamond Ridge began 1997 unsponsored, but grabbed two poles, at Daytona and Darlington respectively. Midway through the season, Phillips 66 came on board as the team's sponsor and Sadler won his first career race at Nazareth Speedway. He followed that up with back-to-back wins at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Gateway International Raceway. He won an additional four pole positions and finished a career-best fifth in points. He also attempted the UAW-GM Quality 500 in the Cup Series for Team SABCO, but failed to qualify.
In 1998, Sadler's team switched to the #66, and won early in the season at Bristol. He made his Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the #92 for Diamond Ridge, starting 31st but finishing 42nd after an engine failure. He ran another Cup race later at Bristol, finishing 24th. After another win at North Carolina Speedway, Sadler announced he would leave Diamond Ridge at the end of the season.
In 2001, Motorcraft became Sadler's new sponsor, and he won his first career Cup race at Bristol. He had another top-ten and finished 20th in points. After seven top-tens and a drop to 23rd in points in 2002, Sadler left for Robert Yates Racing to drive the #38 M&M's Ford. In his first season of competition with Yates, Sadler won the pole at Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, and finished 22nd in points.
In the 2007 Daytona 500, Sadler among many other drivers were caught in a cheating scandal. Despite being docked 25 points, he still went on to finish a season best 6th. Sadler then had many ups and downs throughout the season. In 2007, Sadler led 62 laps, posted two top-10 finishes and finished 25th in points. Sadler went longer than any other driver before failing to finish a race in 2007.
For the 2008 season, Sadler has new sponsorship, including Best Buy for 15 races, Stanley Tools for 13 races, McDonald's for 6 races, and Siemens for 2 races. Sadler qualified 35th for the Daytona 500 after having right tire issues in the Gatorade Duel race. In the race, Sadler went on to his fifth top-ten finish in the Daytona 500 by finishing sixth. At California, Sadler finished 24th. At Las Vegas, Sadler posted a 12th place finish and was 9th in points.