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Elliott Sadler Will Not be Driving the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing as Reported

On Saturday Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Elliott Sadler would run the No. 55 Toyota in 5 of the 7 races that either Mark Martin or Michael Waltrip was not running. This seemingly, was a great opportunity for Elliott Sadler to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  This announcement was a bit premature.  It appears that Elliott Sadler did not have the approval of Richard Childress Racing and/or Chevy.

Saturday Elliott Sadler must have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  He won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway.  After the celebrations were over he was told by Richard Childress that running the No. 55 for MWR would not be a good plan.  “And I think Richard, along with some of the executives that he has, have just decided that it’s probably not in our best interest to do that right now,” Sadler said to Speed Channel.  “Everything’s going so well with the Nationwide car, we don’t want any distractions, We don’t want anything to take away from that. We just decided that maybe this isn’t the right time to venture out and do other things. Let’s focus on what we’ve got going on in house.”

It would be very rare circumstances for a NASCAR driver who drives for Chevy to be allowed to drive in a different series with a different manufacturer, in this case Toyota.