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Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:08 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:13 pm
By Pete Pistone

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(Sadler's win Saturday in Phoenix has him in the thick of the Nationwide championship hunt - Getty)

Elliott Sadler
won't run five races for Michael Waltrip Racing's Sprint Cup team after all.

Sadler confirmed Monday on SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio's "Sirius/XM Speedway" program the proposed deal that would have put him behind the wheel of MWR's No. 55 Toyota for five races was indeed off as was reported by Fox late Sunday night.

"It’s not going to happen,” Sadler said on the program. “After Victory Lane Saturday in Phoenix, Richard Childress called me over to his bus and we had a long heart-to-heart. Richard and his management people at RCR think it’s in our best interest to focus 100% on winning this Nationwide championship, and I agree.”

However Sadler says it wasn't a call by Chevrolet to nix the deal but rather a decision by team owner Childress to keep his focus on winning a Nationwide championship in 2012.

“People have asked me, but that was absolutely not brought up in the meeting I had with Richard," Sadler said of Chevy's role. "Richard has put a lot of effort into building this team, and we’re off to such a good start to the season that we need to put all our eggs in the same basket.
“It was a great honor to be asked to do this by Michael Waltrip, and I appreciate the role Mark Martin played in making it happen, as well. It would have been fun, but I really think we have something special going that we need to focus on, 100 percent."

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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:02 pm

Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

I'm sure Jimmy Johnson's sad to hear he won't need to worry about Sandler running him into the wall on lap 2 any more this season.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:14 pm

Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

Ain't mad atcha Elliott!  It would have been great to see you in the Cup series this year even for a few races..  Win the NW title and I'll see you back in the Cup series next year..  In the words of Bart Scott.... "CAN'T WAIT!"

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:05 am

Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

Where I work you have to have prior approval before you can take on any outside employment to prevent a conflict of interest.  So to me this is a non-story even if Chevy did put the kabosh on it.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:46 pm

Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

I can tell you I'm absolutely thrilled Sadler won't be driving a toyota anytime soon. I've been a fan of his ever since he took the wheel of the Wood Brothers 21 and took them to victory. Not happy he's not still driving a Ford but still pulling for him. No toyotas ran white lightning back in the day. I'm one of those purists who believe nascar is forever tarnished for allowing a foreign nameplate on the track. Give us back the second Darlington race and send toyota packing!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:28 pm

Elliott Sadler confirms Waltrip deal won't happen

I'm a big RCR fan, but I don't see how 5 Cup races will mess up your chances of an NW title.  I'll bet it was because it's a Toyota.  I would think he would benefit by getting more track time during the weekend.

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