Reports about increasing tension at Richard Childress Racing have surfaced after the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola race on Sept. 15. During the race, Dillon's crew chief instructed him not to help his teammate Sadler. Despite the rumors, Elliott Sadler claims that there are no problems between him and Austin Dillon.
Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola
During the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola race at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 15, ESPN aired Austin Dillon's conversation with his crew chief Danny Stockman over the radio. Stockman stated, "You do not help the No. 2 car." The instructions to not help Elliott Sadler during the race have created a controversy.
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has been accused of nepotism multiple times since his grandsons are part of the team. Now, the radio transmission has added fuel to these accusations because it appears that RCR is neglecting Sadler who is not related to the team owner. As both drivers battle in the Nationwide Series, their status as teammates does not seem to matter to Childress.
Elliott Sadler's Future with Richard Childress Racing
Although nothing has been confirmed, Elliot Sadler is rumored to be leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season. Additionally, there have been multiple reports that indicate he is taking the sponsor with him. Sadler has been linked to Joe Gibbs Racing but has not signed a deal with the team. RCR has been accused of focusing its attention on Richard Childress' grandchildren and ignoring everyone else. This is allegedly one of the reasons that Sadler is searching for another team in 2013.
After the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, Elliot Sadler has been left in second place in the Nationwide Series standings with 973 points while Austin Dillon is in third place with 948 points. Despite the rumors of growing tension between the drivers and Richard Childress, Sadler claims he is not aware of any problems. Dillon has explained that it was simply racing for a championship. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the race on Sept. 15 and is currently in first place in the Nationwide standings.
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