Elliott Sadler is “close” to a 2013 deal

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The 2013 NASCAR season isn’t that far away. But for Elliott Sadler, it may seem like it’s a long time until Daytona.

For those who don’t know, Sadler won’t be returning to Richard Childress Racing for the 2013 season. The most likely destination for the Emporia, VA native is surprisingly, the Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Sadler has been looking for a ride in the Sprint Cup Series since he left Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season. In his last few seasons in the Cup Series, Sadler was riding around at the back of the pack with cars that were made of a bunch of old parts and pieces.

Since then, he took the infamous step back to the Nationwide Series with Kevin Harvick Incorporated. This year, the team was owned by Richard Childress as Sadler showed he still knows how to drive after four wins in the first 27 races with 20 top ten’s and 12 top five’s.

As for next season, Sadler had no choice but to leave RCR. He claimed the team didn’t offer him an extension as he realized returning to the Cup Series with them wasn’t a viable option. After all, Childress has two grandchildren which continue to show their championship capabilities over the past few seasons.

“My goal as a driver is to be back in the Cup Series and make the Chase as a Cup driver. That’s my No. 1 goal,” Sadler said in an interview during an appearance at Childress’ race shop in Welcome, NC.

The last option for Sadler’s career is likely the Gibbs organization which has three full-time Cup Series teams and two full-time Nationwide Series teams with a third part-time team.

But as a 37 year old race car driver, there aren’t too many years for Sadler to keep attempting to “rejuvenate” his career, which has been subjected to his name for the past few years.

A deal with Joe Gibbs Racing would probably include a full-time Nationwide Series schedule as well as a part-time schedule in the Cup Series in 2013. But more importantly, it could include a full-time Cup Series deal in 2014 in a championship caliber car which Sadler has proved he deserves.