Elliott Sadler's Busy Daytona Weekend Ends With Birth Of His Son

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  Elliott Sadler, driver of the #19 Stanley Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, had a busy weekend at Daytona.

Sadler first drove in the Truck Series race for Kevin Harvick, Inc. and then on Sunday, he took the wheel in the 52nd running of the Great American Race.

Sadler finished 20th in the Truck race after an early race accident.  He was 15 laps down to race winner Timothy Peters.

Sadler did not fare much better in his Richard Petty Motorsports ride in the Daytona 500.  After the twice-delayed race for hole repair in the track and the attempts at the green-white-checkered finish, Sadler ended up in the 24th finishing spot.

Yet, for Sadler, the checkered flag truly waved in the delivery room today with the birth of his son.

"I want to announce the birth of our son Wyatt into the world this morning!!" Sadler tweeted this morning.   "Amanda and baby are doing great!"

Sadler, whose wife Amanda was not due until March, arrived home just in time for the delivery of his son.  He also beat Carl Edwards to the delivery room. 

Edwards' wife Kate is due any day now.  Edwards was on such edge that he had Mike Wallace on stand by for his ride at the Daytona 500 in case he was needed in the delivery room.

But it was Sadler whose baby came first.  In spite of the challenges at Daytona, congratulations to the baby winners, Elliott and Amanda and welcome baby Wyatt.