Elliott Sadler bests media in a closest to the pin contest at Independence | Sports & Recreation
Lining up from the first tee at Independence Golf Club, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler stuck his drive within just a few yards of the pin, setting the bar high for the media he challenged today. Sadler stopped by the Richmond-area golf course for a friendly contest, along with Richmond International Raceway, to promote the upcoming “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend, September 9-10.
Sadler, a Virginia native who will run the Friday, September 9, Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway, is an avid golfer, but has been focused on his series championship run. He is currently third in the driver point standings, behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson. With race weekend at Richmond coming up, Sadler’s sights are set.
“I’d rather win here at Richmond than I would the Daytona 500,” said the Emporia, VA native, who has never won at Richmond International Raceway. “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. I was here when it was just a ½-mile race track. Being able to race here the past 14 or 15 years is very special. I got close here in 2005.. We’re already preparing for this racing coming up in a couple of weeks because my guys know how important it is to run well here at Richmond. That would be, by far, the biggest win of my career if we were able to make that happen here at Richmond.”
Several local media took their shot at besting Sadler’s precise shot, but couldn’t overtake him. Following the tee-off, Sadler met with 75 children attending the Robins Junior Golf Program and handed out autographed hero cards to each attendee. Finally, Sadler was joined by several contest winners, who won the opportunity to compete in a chipping contest into a real race tire. The winners were selected through Twitter.
Sadler returns to Richmond International Raceway Friday, September 9, for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Friday’s ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series.
The weekend concludes Saturday, September 10, when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers hit the track for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” One of the most anticipated races of the season, the event marks the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45. Tickets for both nights can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.