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Silly season is getting just darn right silly. Richard Childress told SiriusXM Radio, via the Sporting News, that Elliott Sadler will not return to the team in 2013. Childress paints a picture of trying to work out a deal and despite Sadler leading the points, he does not want to return. Sadler, speaking on SPEED Channel’s Race Hub, said no offer was extended to him and he gathered he should start looking elsewhere versus playing the waiting game.
This is a very curious development as I would assume a driver leading the points would be happy in his situation. But as we saw on the Sprint Cup Series side with Matt Kenseth that might not always be the case. My gut feeling is that Sadler saw the writing on the wall that he would not get an opportunity in the Cup Series with RCR as they are making room for both Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon to get up to that series.
The rumor out there is now with the potential for Joey Logano to be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing, they will sign Sadler to drive in the Nationwide Series full time. My guess on that is maybe he’ll drive a 4th Cup team in an abbreviated schedule in 2013 or 2014. Obviously with an opening and no real driver being groomed for the future, opportunity is greater with that organization.
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