Elliott Sadler announces he's done driving full-time after 2018

NASCAR's Elliott Sadler announces plans to retire from full-time racing

Kahne will vacate the No. 95 seat at Leavine Family Racing.

For 2018, Kahne was moved to Leavine Family Racing from Hendrick Motorsports.

Sadler, along with his brother Hermie, have had a lasting impact in motorsports in Virginia from racing go-karts at age seven to his 1995 track championship at South Boston Speedway to competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The veteran of more than 800 races in NASCAR's national series and driver for JR Motorsports posted a statement on his website, ElliottSadler.com, on Wednesday announcing his decision. He has 18 Cup Series victories in his career, with the most recent one coming last season at Indianapolis. The 38-year-old has participated in more than 500 events in more than 15 years of racing.

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After tallying just six top-10 finishes over the full 36-race slate in 2017, and with sponsors set to leave anyway, Kahne's lack of a future driving for Hendrick was all but sealed. "I need to spend more time doing things I enjoy and love and that's spending time with Tanner and my sprint vehicle teams".

As the NASCAR season begins to rev up for their playoff push, one of its favorite drivers, Kasey Kahne, has announced his departure from the sport at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

"It's time for me, as a Dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams", Sadler wrote on his various social media channels. His career-best finish came in 2012, when he finished fourth overall in the points standings his first season with Hendrick. He he also won eight second-tier XFINITY Series races and five Camping World Truck Series events out of six starts.

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