Elliott Sadler missed the Daytona 500 for the first time last year since 1999 due to switching from the Sprint Cup Series to the Nationwide Series. He may get the opportunity to return to The Great American Race this year.
Elliott Sadler indicated on Sirius that Richard Childress Racing is trying to get sponsorship for him to run the Daytona 500 next month. They have some sponsorship but not quite enough to officially announce he will be in the race. “I can’t confirm anything right now, but I am damn sure pulling for it to happen.” said Elliott. If they do get enough sponsorship, he would be locked into the race because of the owner points from last year for the #33 car which will not be running the full season this year due to lack of sponsorship.
This is interesting news because the use of the owner points for the #33 car from last year impacts some of the teams outside of the top 35 in points. If any of the cars in the top 35 in owner points from last year do not enter the Daytona 500 then the 36th car in owner points would be locked in and would not have to qualify for the race on speed. Currently the #71 car, which has already indicated they are not returning, is in that position. That leaves the #21 Wood Brothers Ford to be driven by Trevor Bayne on the bubble.
It was also widely speculated that Richard Childress Racing would field this car in the Daytona 500 for his Grandson Austin Dillon, the Champion of the Camping World Truck Series.
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