Sadler USG Second Quarter Winner

Continuing his support of the Autism Society of America and its efforts to find a cure for autism, as well as the recently-christened Victory Junction Gang Camp, Elliott Sadler hosted the "Race for Hope," an event which raised over $86,000 for both organizations. In addition to his work with the "Race for Hope," Sadler spends time with autistic children at tracks throughout the season.

For his efforts, Sadler has been named the 2004 Second Quarter NASCAR USG Person of the Year.

"It's an honor to be the winner of the Second Quarter voting for USG Person of the Year," said Sadler. "Race for Hope was a huge success and was a fun event for the drivers, media and most importantly the fans. We have worked hard over the past few years to increase autism awareness. My niece, Halie Dru, was diagnosed with autism and as a family we've been doing everything we can to create more awareness."

The race allowed several current and former NASCAR drivers, including his brother, Hermie Sadler, Dale Jarrett, Michael and Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Richard Petty, Casey Mears, Sterling Marlin, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr., to lend their support and to mingle with fans.

"Race for Hope is a great avenue for that and it also allowed us to raise money for another great cause – The Victory Junction Gang Camp. Kyle and Patti Petty had an amazing dream that became a reality and as a friend of theirs in the NASCAR community I wanted to give something back to them. Adam Petty was a friend of mine and I can't ever remember seeing his face when he wasn't smiling. He loved children and with the camp, his memory will live on. I'm just glad to be able to support them."

USG (United States Gypsum), an Official Promotional Partner of NASCAR, is in its second year as sponsor of the NASCAR USG Person of the Year program. The award is designed to honor drivers not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.

To determine the NASCAR USG Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Nextel Cup season has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. A select group of panelists will choose one of the four quarterly finalists as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year. This award will be presented the week of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice. Other notable nominees were Ricky Craven, the 2003 NASCAR USG Person of the Year, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon, the 2004 First Quarter USG Person of the Year.

In addition to the NASCAR USG Person of the Year, USG also sponsors the Driver of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible winning driver of each of the 36 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship events. Each USG Driver of the Race Award winner receives $2,500 with an additional $2,500 going to the charity of his/her choice.

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