If there’s anyone in the Xfinity Series William Byron should turn to for advice during his rookie season in the series, it’s Elliott Sadler.
A veteran of more than 800 NASCAR races across all three of its national series, Sadler has taken the lead in advising the 19-year-old driver this season. During his appearance on NASCAR America, Sadler praised the driver and the time he’s spent with him.
“That kid is special,” Sadler said. “I want to be that guy (that helps), because I had that guy. I had Jeff Green when I started, I had Dale Jarrett, people I could lean on all the time that could help the learning curve.”
Sadler leads the points standings with four races left in the regular season, but he is winless so far. Byron has earned three wins and is second in points behind Sadler.
“He’s a student of the game,” Sadler said. “I’ve been in meetings with young kids that come along, we’ve been in the meeting and kids are still playing on their phones. I’m in a meeting with William … and he’s still learning and taking notes. He’s got great questions. We’re usually sitting beside each other on the airplanes and we’re talking about things for that particular weekend. I can’t help him drive the car faster. But I can help him maybe with restarts and getting on pit road. Maybe things to think about on Friday to maybe make your car better for Saturday.”
Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs live from 5-6 p.m. ET at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on NBCSN and features special guest Elliott Sadler, the Xfinity Series points leader.
Marty Snider hosts with Jeff Burton and Dale Jarrett from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
On today’s show:
· Sadler, a veteran of more than 800 NASCAR starts, joins us to talk about his strong 2017 season, his close relationship with the Earnhardt family and how he climbed from Virginia’s fabled short tracks to the top levels of the sport.
· Sadler will also reveal his Darlington throwback scheme, which honors one of his favorite drivers of all-time.
· We’re also taking fan questions for Elliott to answer during the show. Send your question using the hashtag #AskElliott.