Sadler, Parrott part ways

Sadler, Parrott part ways

Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford, and driver Elliott Sadler have parted ways. Parrott will be reassigned to the No. 88 RYR Ford of Dale Jarrett. Kevin Buskirk, chief engineer for the No. 38, will assume crew chief ...

Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford, and driver Elliott Sadler have parted ways. Parrott will be reassigned to the No. 88 RYR Ford of Dale Jarrett. Kevin Buskirk, chief engineer for the No. 38, will assume crew chief duties for Sadler's Ford through the end of the season.

Elliott Sadler with crew chief Todd Parrott.
Photo by Autostock.
Former No. 38 crew chief Raymond Fox, III and crewmember Dave Smith will assist Buskirk on the pit box during the race. Fox will crew chief the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford.

Parrott began his crew chief duties on the No. 38 car in August of 2003 achieving two Cup series victories with that team. Last season, Parrott successfully negotiated Sadler to a place in the Chase for the championship. This year, the team was not that fortunate.

A string of bad runs catapulted Sadler from third in standings at the start of the summer to 11th by the end of the playoff period in Richmond.

The team has hinted that changes were afoot for months and that it would involve pairing Parrott back with Jarrett. Parrott began his career as a crew chief at Yates in 1995 at that time for Ernie Irvan.

In 1996, Parrott was moved to the No. 88 Ford with Jarrett guiding him that year to a third place finish in final standings. The next season, the pair won seven races and a runner-up spot in the Winston Cup championship.

They scored another three wins in 1998 before garnering four wins and the Winston Cup trophy in 1999. The first for Robert Yates Racing. Parrott was working as General Manager at Yates Racing in 2003 when he was called on to help turn around the No. 38 team.

Jarrett's current crew chief, Billy Wilburn, is expected to second chair with Parrott on the 88. The move is effective immediately.

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