Somewhat retired NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler will climb back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series entry when the series visits Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 22 and heads to his home state of Virginia on Sept. 5 for a race at Richmond International Raceway. He'll drive the No. 19 Toyota entry for TriStar Motorsports. The car will be sponsored by the Virginia Lottery. Sadler has been an ambassador for the Virginia Lottery for more than 15 years.
"I am thankful to my friends at the Virginia Lottery and to (car owner) Mark Smith and his staff at TriStar Motorsports for making this happen," Sadler said. "Getting to race again at two of my favorite tracks, as well as promote some once in a lifetime opportunities from the Virginia Lottery, is exciting for me."
The race at Bristol will be Sadler's first Nationwide race since 2010. He made three Nationwide starts that year, two at Richmond and one at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 32nd and 36th at the two Richmond races. In all, Sadler has 259-career Nationwide starts to his credit, resulting in two wins, 18 top-fives and 44 top-10 finishes. Sadler competed full-time in the Nationwide Series for six seasons between 1993 and 1998. He made his series debut in 1992 and competed in at least one race per season through 2004. He was absent from the Nationwide Series after that until his three starts in 2010.
Sadler's most recent NASCAR national-level start came in 2012 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He finished 31st while driving a No. 33 Chevrolet owned by Joe Falk.
Aside from racing, in recent years, Sadler has worked as a TV commentator on NASCAR-related programming for SPEED Channel (now-FOX Sports 1), a wrestling promoter for TNA and UWF, a personality on a the Big Show With John Boy and Billy nationally-syndicated radio show, and on philanthropic efforts supporting autism and breast cancer research and awareness.