Sadler wants out of contract at season's end

Silly season, the musical chairs of Winston Cup. Crew chiefs, drivers, and sponsors seem to go stir crazy during the winter months, switching teams hoping for a fresh start for the upcoming season. The odd thing is, we've already seen those sort...

Silly season, the musical chairs of Winston Cup. Crew chiefs, drivers, and sponsors seem to go stir crazy during the winter months, switching teams hoping for a fresh start for the upcoming season.

The odd thing is, we've already seen those sort of changes this year and we're less than a dozen races into the season. So far, we've seen Buckshot Jones be replaced by Steve Grissom along with at least three major crew chief changes throughout the garage area.

The biggest move of them all may be yet to come. Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford confirmed Wednesday that he has asked for his release from the team at the end of the season.

Reason being, he has been approached by other teams interested in the driver and obviously, he's showing interest. The biggest name dropper of them all appears to be DEI.

On Wednesday, DEI 's vice president, Ty Norris, made a statement regarding rumors of Sadler joining DEI next season.

"There's nothing really to say at this point," Norris said. "We have talked to Elliott and we have talked to other drivers as well -- including our own. We will make a lot of decisions about the face of DEI's future by the end of May."

Sadler moved to Winston Cup with the Wood Brothers in 1999 and won his first career Cup race last spring at Bristol in the Food City 500. After the first 10 events of the 2002 season, he has two top-five finishes and is currently 25th in points.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Steve Grissom , Elliott Sadler
Teams Wood Brothers Racing