Tag Archives: Elliott Sadler

Oh, So Close: Tough Luck For Elliott Sadler, Joe Gibbs Racing, And Fans At The Daytona 500

Luck can be a fickle mistress, and at the premature end of the 51st running of the Great American Race, there were plenty of drivers - from the veterans to the rookies - who could attest all too easily to that particular sentiment. Chief among those bemoaning their poor fortune was Elliott Sadler. The Emporia, Virginia native came into Speedweeks under something of a cloud, having invoked legal measures this winter to keep his seat in the No. 19 car. In this treacherous economic climate, it was tough to blame the amiable twelve-year veteran for pulling out all the stops to stay in his ride, but there was no doubt the pressure was on for him to perform from the get-go.

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Daytona 500 Edition

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway:_ "It's gonna be really wet out here because I’m crying like a baby, but I’ve just got to thank my team and thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity, first of all. Winning the Daytona 500 is definitely a dream moment. It’s just an unbelievable feeling. After last year, winning a race means a lot to me. I’m really proud of these guys." _Matt Kenseth_

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: 2009 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

Considering the fact that a points-paying race has not yet taken place, gauging the true momentum of drivers and teams is a bit more of a daunting task than it is between races. So much flux and change has occurred in the garages of all three of NASCAR’s top series this offseason, mainly because of the changes teams had to make because of the economy. That constant team and driver upheaval in the garage has left many organizations with a completely different makeup than last year, also opening up new spots for some new startup teams to try and entrench themselves as parts of the weekly NASCAR circus. While their presence is welcomed, it makes the ability to pinpoint their progress more difficult than ever. Following Saturday’s Bud Shootout and Sunday’s qualifying session, some drivers and teams have already begun to stand out as possible contenders and definite holders of momentum -- while others already have chinks in their armor before they can even get a donut on the driver’s side door. Here is this week’s list of Hot, Warm and Cold drivers...

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After NASCAR’s Worst Winter Ever, Hope Springs Eternal In 2009

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” _Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities_ It has been, very much, a winter of discontent for NASCAR. With money scarce, extensive layoffs have cast a grim pallor across an industry already suffering the ramifications of the global economic crisis. Big brand names have left the sport -- some, like AT&T, due to the category exclusivity deals put in place by the governing body -- and fresh corporate cash infusions are scarcer than Michael Waltrip victories. For a sport that is quite literally fueled by sponsorship dollars, the recession has hit hard – mighty hard.

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News Recap for the Week of January 5, 2009

Elliott Sadler to stay in the No. 19 for 2009 In a turn of events, it now appears that Sadler will, in fact, stay in the No. 19 Dodge for the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Our own Tom Bowles, reporting for Sports Illustrated, spoke with Tara Ragan, A.J. Allmendinger’s agent …

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2008 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*2008 Ride:* No. 19 Gillett-Evernham Motorsports Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Best Buy, Stanley, McDonald's *2008 Owner:* Ray Evernham *2008 Crew Chief:* Rodney Childers *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 2 Top 5s, 8 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 24th in points. *Best Finish:* 4th (Indianapolis - August). *High Point:* Sadler started the season with a sixth place run at Daytona, but, unfortunately, the highlights were few and far between after that.

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Mirror Driving: Sadler’s Last Stand, Diversity’s Shocking Surprise, And NASCAR Free Agents Losing Hope

*Elliott Sadler was released from Gillett-Evernham Motorsports in favor of A.J. Allmendinger, and promptly filed suit for breach of contract. Does Sadler have a leg to stand on, and what can he hope to gain - or stand to lose - from the suit?* Doug: Is a judge going to force GEM to field Sadler? No. Phil: That's true. Unless he was given some kind of absolute guarantee that the No. 19 was his in 2009, he's got nothing. Tom: I think Sadler's just protecting himself financially. The way this whole thing went down, I'm hard-pressed to see him driving for Gillett ever again.

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of December 22, 2008

Sadler out of the No. 19 Multiple sources have reported that A.J. Allmendinger, who impressed while driving the No. 10 after replacing the fired Patrick Carpentier in October, has been hired to drive the No. 19 Dodge in 2009, replacing Elliott Sadler. The main issue with this move is that …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How To Hold Your Own Homestead Trophy Celebration

Is Jimmie Johnson going to stroke it for the title, or is he going to race like he’s been racing during the Chase to try and score max points? Will Carl Edwards's push to get the most out of the race cause him to drive over the edge, or can he bring home the checkered flag? Will any of last year’s winners who haven’t won this year finally break through; or, will a non-Chaser continue the streak of at least one race won by a driver outside the Chase every year? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers can make your fantasy dreams come true one last time -- and which ones should be on the beach drinking Mai Tais already.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How To Pick Your Team Wisely In Sprint Cup’s Penultimate Race

Jimmie Johnson is determined to rebound from a bad week while Carl is hoping to dominate again and continue to close the points margin on Johnson. Meanwhile, the rest of Hendrick and Roush Fenway look to establish their dominance and seal the manufacturers' championship for their make, while the non-Chase crowd is still pushing to continue the trend of having at least one Chase race won by a non-Chase qualifier every year since its inception. Also, expect to see some aggressive moves by those drivers who are not employed for next year. Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers will score the most points and which ones will be visiting Checker Auto Parts after the race.

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