Elliott Sadler has been released from his contract at Robert Yates Racing and will drive the No. 19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge at Michigan International Speedway this weekend and for the rest of the season. "We have made our deal for 2007 and ...
Elliott Sadler has been released from his contract at Robert Yates Racing and will drive the No. 19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge at Michigan International Speedway this weekend and for the rest of the season.
"We have made our deal for 2007 and beyond with Elliott Sadler," said Evernham. "Elliott is in Kentucky testing and will be in the No. 19 car this weekend in Michigan. We are really proud and excited."
David Gilliland will take over Sadler's duties in the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion. NASCAR has cleared him to race on every track except Talladega Superspeedway. Gilliland will run the ARCA race at Talladega for Yates but it remains unclear who will pilot the No. 38 Ford at that race.
Sadler announced a few weeks ago that he would not be returning to RYR next season but was set to drive until the end of the year. After Evernham fired Jeremy Mayfield, however, plans began to shift. Evernham began to inquire whether or not it would be possible for Sadler to join that team this year instead of next.
"It's truly an honor to drive for Dodge and Ray Evernham and to be a part of this team," said Sadler. "I admired Ray as a crew chief and now as a team owner and business leader. His operation is impressive. When you look at the engineering resources, the talented guys on the team, the marketing programs, the facilities and the way he and his directors run things, you can tell that this is a powerhouse organization that is focused on winning races and championships.
I look forward to providing some of those wins and hopefully competing with Kasey and Scott for the championship next year."
After a disastrous year at Yates, it was good riddance to Sadler on both sides of the coin.
"I am very excited," said Sadler. "We are testing at Kentucky today and I am just trying to get used to all the guys so we are ready for Michigan this weekend."
The No. 38 team tested with Gilliland Tuesday at Kentucky Speedway to ready him for his second NASCAR Nextel Cup series start at MIS.
Yates has rehired Todd Parrott as crew chief of the No. 38 Ford. Butch Hylton will continue his duties at the No. 88 UPS Ford of Dale Jarrett. RYR has yet to announce who will succeed Jarrett in that ride.
Mayfield seems to be the loser in this equation; he is currently without a ride but is in discussions with Bill Davis Racing.