The Frontstretch: Elliott Sadler To Sub For Brian Vickers by Thomas Bowles -- Thursday October 17, 2013

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Elliott Sadler To Sub For Brian Vickers

Thomas Bowles · Thursday October 17, 2013

 

One former Sprint Cup veteran will get another shot at the sport’s top level while another sits on the sidelines with health issues. Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers’ teammate this season with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series will fill in for the ailing driver in Cup for the final four races this season. Sadler, who will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota takes over the seat beginning next Sunday at Martinsville.

“Thanks for helping us out, Elliott Sadler,” Michael Waltrip tweeted Thursday morning. The driver, though was unavailable for comment at press time.

Sadler’s partnership with MWR is a bit intriguing considering he was an original driver picked, back in 2012 to run the No. 55. Back then, Mark Martin was competing in the majority of races but no longer wanted full-time work; Sadler was the number one pick to fill out the schedule. However, his association with both Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet, at the time nixed the deal as they didn’t want him running for a different manufacturer on the Cup level. (Sadler, back then was running for a Nationwide Series title in RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet). As a last-ditch option, MWR turned to Vickers whose performances in the last two seasons have earned him the ride full-time beginning in 2014.

Sadler has three wins in 431 career starts on the Cup level. He earned a 40th-place finish in his lone Cup start this season, crashing out in a No. 81 fourth Joe Gibbs Racing entry at Kansas back in April.

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