Points leader Elliott Sadler leaving RCR at the end of 2012
After rejuvenating his career in 2011 with Kevin Harvick Incorporated, which was later merged as a part of Richard Childress’ program prior to this season, Elliott Sadler may depart from his current home.
Sadler leads the Nationwide Series points this season over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He also has four wins this season, a career high for the Virginia native who previously didn’t win a race since a Gatorade Duel in 2006 and a truck race at Pocono in 2010.
But, now Sadler may switch teams. A possible destination, Joe Gibbs Racing. If it were to be in the Sprint Cup Series, the 37 year old veteran driver would have finally retained a top tier ride for the first time since his tenure with Robert Yates Racing.
If he does return to the Cup Series, it would be in a fourth JGR car as a teammate to Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth who is the newest addition to the JGR driver lineup. Sadler would probably take over the owner points from the No. 20 car which is being by Joey Logano this season and may depart to Penske Racing over the offseason.
Within the past few months, Elliott Sadler has been a different type of person.
He’s more upbeat now. Confidence is flowing throughout his body as he will probably win his first NASCAR championship later this year at Homestead.
Staying at Richard Childress Racing would have been likely for Sadler if he was offered a Cup Series ride. The seasoned Cup Series veteran didn’t expect to stay in the Nationwide Series for the rest of his career and Childress does have the funding for a fourth Cup Series team or even moving Sadler to the No. 31 car if the team doesn’t retain the aging Jeff Burton.
Rumors are swarming throughout the NASCAR world as to where Sadler will go. But, he is sure to find an open seat in either the Cup or Nationwide Series either way.