Elliott Sadler does not plan on returning to Richard Childress Racing in 2013. Although Childress has confirmed that Sadler wants to leave, the driver's future remains uncertain. Elliott Sadler is rumored to have several offers, but Joe Gibbs Racing is reported to be the most likely choice.
Elliott Sadler and Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress has stated that Elliott Sadler will be leaving at the end of this season. He pointed out, "[W]e're disappointed, you know, he's had his best season. We don't know what more we could have done." It has been mentioned that the team does not have a contract with the driver for the 2013 NASCAR season, but there has been conflicting information on this issue. Sadler currently has first place in the Nationwide Series standings with 904 points and has earned a total of four wins this season.
Is Elliott Sadler Going to Joe Gibbs Racing?
Although Joe Gibbs Racing has not made any announcements, multiple sources believe that Elliott Sadler will be joining the team in 2013. Sadler is expected to become a part of Gibbs' Nationwide team because Joey Logano has officially signed with Penske Racing. Before his move to Penske, Logano was expected to switch to the Nationwide Series full-time because he was being replaced by Matt Kenseth.
It is not clear if Elliott Sadler will run the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing full-time or part-time. In addition, there are no details on the possibility of him participating in a limited Sprint Cup schedule in 2013. Logano was rumored to have this option before he signed with Penske Racing.
Is Elliott Sadler Going to Furniture Row Racing?
Joe Gibbs Racing has been linked to Elliott Sadler more than any other team in NASCAR during the last several weeks. However, Furniture Row Racing has occasionally been mentioned as another option for the driver. The team is considering the addition of another ride next season and has been searching for drivers. One Main Financial is rumored to continue to sponsor Elliott Sadler even if he leaves Richard Childress Racing, so he does not have to worry about finding new sponsorships.
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