Elliot Sadler enters 2010 with his back up against the wall and a need to succeed to stay in NASCAR Sprint Cup. Sadler will reunite with Ford in 2010 as Richard Petty Motorsports absorbs Yates Racing and will now be affiliated with Ford and the famous Yates Ford engine shop.
Elliot Sadler’s three wins all came with Ford powered engines.
Elliot Sadler has won all three of his career NASCAR Sprint Cup races while driving a Ford. When Sadler moved to Dodge in August of 2006 and the then Ray Evernham owned team he didn’t win another race. Sadler’s first win was in a Ford, driving for the legendary Woods Brothers in 2001. That was the last win for the Woods Brothers, who are now involved in NASCAR on a part-time basis.
Sadler’s career has been less than stellar.
Sadler has not won a race since the 2004 season, his best season in his NASCAR career. In 2004 Sadler was in the top ten all season long winning two races and making the NASCAR Race to the Chase, finishing the season in ninth place. Sadler has never made the Chase since.
Sadler was actually slated to be replaced by AJ Allmendinger for the 2009 season but Sadler threatened a lawsuit for breach of contract. Soon after it was announced that the Gillette Evernham team would be merging with Petty Enterprises and forming a new company named Richard Petty Motorsports.
Sadler doesn’t improve in 2009.
Sadler didn’t improve in 2009, he actually did worse. Managing one top five and five top tens in 2009, Sadler suffered through his worst season since his first full season with Evernham in 2007 when Sadler only had two top tens for the entire season. Sadler’s one top five came at Infineon, a road course.
2010 outlook for Sadler is optimistic.
Elliot Sadler’s 2010 outlook has to be positive, there is nowhere to go but up from his dismal 2009. Sadler will now be driving a Ford again in 2010 and the first race of the season at Daytona is a track that Sadler always has a good showing.
Sadler also will need to work more closely with Kasey Kahne, his teammate and the one driver in Richard Petty Motorsports that has had success recently. The pressure for Sadler will be applied by AJ Allmendinger. If Allmendinger performs well early it will add more pressure to Sadler if he isn’t performing up to the level of Kahne and Allmendinger. Paul Menard is also a teammate, mainly because he came with a family sponsorship.
Sadler’s odds to win the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup 150-1.
Elliot Sadler’s odds to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup title are 150-1 and obviously not worthy of a bet. To see the odds to win the NASCAR title for 2010, click here. Sadler also has no chance to make the NASCAR Race to the Chase but a good season for Sadler will be to win one race and and score a minimum of 15 top tens and 10 top 10’s.