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Elliott Sadler wants to return to SoBo, Martinsville

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Elliott Sadler doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon, but the NASCAR Xfinity Series contender has a bucket list to fulfill once he does.

He wants to go home.

That doesn’t mean Emporia, Virginia. Sure, he’ll settle down eventually, but home to him also means returning to a Late Model Stock at South Boston Speedway. The four-time NASCAR Xfinity Series championship runner-up captured the Late Model Stock championship at South Boston in 1995 and hopes to race there again someday.

“Heck yeah, I want to do that,” Sadler said during Daytona 500 Media Day. “I would definitely try to get back in a car for a one-off here and there.”

There is also one more prestigious race that Sadler wants to win before he quits racing.

“Martinsville,” he said, referring to the Valley Star Credit Union 300. “Everyone wants to race for a grandfather clock and we haven’t gotten to do that since we started racing in the Xfinity Series. That race has become a big deal and it has my attention, for sure.”

In addition to his 1995 track championship, Sadler made three starts at South Boston in the Xfinity Series back when it was the Busch Grand National Division. He called that the glory days for his track.

“The people of Virginia loved it when the Busch Series came to race at South Boston with Tommy Ellis and Tommy Houston, Chuck Bown, Jack Ingram — all those guys.

“That was just a unique time in the history of our sport. I understand that you couldn’t get enough people in there to pay the purse but man that was fun.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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