Elliott Sadler will enter the Daytona 500 for Tommy Baldwin Racing, the team announced Thursday.
Sadler will attempt to qualify the No. 7 Chevy for the race. He will also run in the Xfinity race on the season-opening weekend of Feb. 25-26. He is a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series.
“This is a great opportunity for me and everyone affiliated with Tommy Baldwin Racing,” said Sadler in a statement. “I love the Daytona 500 and to have Tommy ... offer me this opportunity is awesome. Tommy and I have known each other a long time. We actually won a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 together back in 2006. We’re gonna rekindle some of that magic and work our tails off to get our car in the race. I know Tommy is putting a lot of effort into this and we’re gonna go out and get the best result we possibly can for him and TBR’s partners.”
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Baldwin was once Sadler’s crew chief when Sadler ran for Robert Yates racing.
Tommy Baldwin Racing recently sold its NASCAR charter to Leavine Family Racing, meaning Sadler isn’t guaranteed a spot and will have to qualify for the Daytona 500.