Latest NASCAR rumors: New rides for Sadler and Smith?

Dec 28, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Al.com - Everything Alabama

The rumors are starting to fly now that Christmas is behind us. The news yesterday that AJ Allmendinger is likely replace Elliott Sadler at Gillett Evernham has triggered more speculation.

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littledevil2744

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Dec 29, 2008
 
if he drives for anyone named earnhadrt i will not like him at all and i will find a new driver!!! but it seems that hes gotta get out there and do the work to get people behind him!!!!
Whoyakidding

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Dec 29, 2008
 
There is an old saying that goes "sh*t or get off the pot". I think George Gillette may have hear that saying before and decided Elliott had been sitting on his pot for too long. I like Elliott but I think he may have to resort to moving down to Nationwide or the trucks if he's to stay active in NASCAR. There is a few others like him that better watch over their shoulder and drive like the devil is after them when the season starts.

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Greenfield, IN

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#3
Dec 29, 2008
 
I've been listening to Sirius Nascar all morning. I think they're surprised by all this but think A.J. has earned his spot. One more thing to watch for this next year.
CRJ

Dickson, TN

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Dec 29, 2008
 
I wouldnt mind seeing Sadler in a Chevy, even if it is at EGR, but i think Labonte has that 41 ride pretty much rapped up, so even though i like seeing Hornish Jr in Nascar, Sadler would be a better option for the 77 car, but ive already heard several times that Hornish Jr signed a multiyear contract and will still be in Nascar for a couple more years, although if Penske wanted to move him, he could, but Penske has been very driven to see Hornish Jr in Nascar and to see him succeed. I think Sadler's two best options is if the merger deal goes thru with Petty and GEM, then maybe they'll bring Sadler back, or if he can bring sponsorship, maybe they consider sidelining Amirola for Sadler, after all, Amirola doesnt have sponsorship, nor have they announced his crew chief. I think if EGR is smart and i think a step in the right direction, they sign both Bobby Labonte and Elliott Sadler.
cak

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Dec 29, 2008
 
It appears that contracts don't factor into anything any more. Elliott had signed a multi-year contract extension just 6 months ago and this is still happening. Maybe the merger of GEM and Petty allow contract breaking? I don't know, I'm very confused and bummed.
Who Cares

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Dec 29, 2008
 
Like Elliott has never signed a contract extension only to break it less then 6 months later. Just ask the Wood Brothers or Robert Yates.

Since: Mar 08

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Dec 29, 2008
 
CRJ wrote:
I wouldnt mind seeing Sadler in a Chevy, even if it is at EGR, but i think Labonte has that 41 ride pretty much rapped up, so even though i like seeing Hornish Jr in Nascar, Sadler would be a better option for the 77 car, but ive already heard several times that Hornish Jr signed a multiyear contract and will still be in Nascar for a couple more years, although if Penske wanted to move him, he could, but Penske has been very driven to see Hornish Jr in Nascar and to see him succeed. I think Sadler's two best options is if the merger deal goes thru with Petty and GEM, then maybe they'll bring Sadler back, or if he can bring sponsorship, maybe they consider sidelining Amirola for Sadler, after all, Amirola doesnt have sponsorship, nor have they announced his crew chief. I think if EGR is smart and i think a step in the right direction, they sign both Bobby Labonte and Elliott Sadler.
You know what thye just said on tradin paint? They seem to think that Ganassi/DEI isn't offering enough money to Labonte to race there. So he doesn't think it's a done deal I was hoping it was. I would like to see Sadler there. Yeah Hornish isn't going anywhere I'm afraid. He better get with it or he'll continue looking stupid out there.
cak

Minneapolis, MN

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Dec 29, 2008
 
touche
newatthis

Middletown, NY

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#9
Dec 29, 2008
 
how much $ will it take for E to drive or commentate?
CRJ

Dickson, TN

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Dec 29, 2008
 
LGR wrote:
<quoted text>You know what thye just said on tradin paint? They seem to think that Ganassi/DEI isn't offering enough money to Labonte to race there. So he doesn't think it's a done deal I was hoping it was. I would like to see Sadler there. Yeah Hornish isn't going anywhere I'm afraid. He better get with it or he'll continue looking stupid out there.
Well, i have to say Bobby could've been demanding seeing how he was the best free agent out there, but if Sadler is on the market, he might want to be careful. I have to say, if i had my choice between the two, i'd hire Bobby, but if i could, i'd hire both of them. Sadler could snatch that ride if Bobby gets greedy, and i dont see him being that way since he did just drive for the Petty's, and im sure he was offered alot more by other teams before he signed with them. I have to say, i hate Kyle Busch, but i respect the fact that he cared enough about his career he turned down some huge offers to stay in competitive equipment to win races and compete for championships. I know for a fact that Gibbs doesnt pay it's drivers well compared to Roush and Hendrick, and that even Kyle said he took a big pay cut to go to Gibbs, but that's one of the problems i had with Ward Burton(although i was a fan of his and wish he could make a comeback like his brother)in the fact when he left Bill Davis, he had some great offers, but Haas offered him the most money, he took it, and didnt even last a year. They paid him off to take him out of that ride, but look what it did to his career.

Since: Mar 08

Greenfield, IN

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Dec 29, 2008
 
I see what you're saying. I'm a Ganassi fan & I think the best they could hire would be Bobby. He's a safe veteran & a great driver. Next up see if Chevy makes a difference for Ganassi/DEI. Not sure if it will even matter if they switch if the rest of the equipment is junk. But hoping for the best. Now I like Elliott as well but I'd be happy with Bobby first!
CRJ

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Dec 29, 2008
 
LGR wrote:
I see what you're saying. I'm a Ganassi fan & I think the best they could hire would be Bobby. He's a safe veteran & a great driver. Next up see if Chevy makes a difference for Ganassi/DEI. Not sure if it will even matter if they switch if the rest of the equipment is junk. But hoping for the best. Now I like Elliott as well but I'd be happy with Bobby first!
Well, ive said the last chance, and im not even sure it would've helped, that the last shot DEI had of possibly succeeding was giving Dale Jr majority interest, as his Nationwide program has been fairly successful, but i can tell you that the way Teresa has been running it, it's going nowhere fast. They even said that when DEI bought Ginn that it was that merger that was going to put DEI where Hendrick was and it didnt. Then, RCR and DEI merged their engine program and everyone praised that, but it's only been RCR that has competed for wins and championships, and now i hear this merger will make EGR a viable candidate for championships and wins?, I dont think so. Everything that Dale Jr fans said would happen to DEI, as did I, has come true and they are just running on borrowed time.
As far as Ganassi, my problem with him, as with Penske, is they have been more focused on their open wheel programs than they have on their Nascar programs, and ive said all along, they need to pick one, and get out of the other. I havent pulled for a Ganassi driver since he had Sterlin Marlin and Jamie McMurray and i dont like how Ganassi did Marlin and im glad McMurray pulled his little stunt on getting out of his contract early and screwing Ganassi, it's just a shame McMurray isnt having the success i thought he had, although i do believe he has talent.
I should also tell you that i dont like Montoya and think he's way to overhyped and has not been a successful transfer of driver from open wheel to Nascar. He won one race on fuel mileage his rookie year and everyone think he's a success, yet he hasnt been a threat for any wins since and hasnt been close to making the chase, and Havoline decided to bail on him as well. As for Amirola, im sorry, but he only has a ride because of affirmative action, only because he's a minority he has a ride. As i said somewhere else, if EGR was wise, they'd try and land Bobby for the 41 and replace Amirola(or Montoya but since he has sponsorship i'd probably go with Aric)with Sadler. I think Sadler, if he didnt bring sponsorship, could and would be an easier sell to get sponsorship.
But i completely agree with you on Bobby being the first choice. He's a past champ, which is a bonus just in case a car falls out of the top 35, he has more wins and has contended for more championships. If i was in charge of EGR, i think Sadler and Labonte would be great additions to their team and would give you three guys(Labonte, Sadler, Truex)who know how to contend for wins and championships. I also believe it would give Truex a lil incentitive to stay after next year having to guys who he can bounce alot of things off of, and both Labonte and Sadler are both good restrictor plate racers.
JWD

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#13
Dec 29, 2008
 
Elliot-
RETIRE!
Beverly

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Dec 29, 2008
 
LGR wrote:
I see what you're saying. I'm a Ganassi fan & I think the best they could hire would be Bobby. He's a safe veteran & a great driver. Next up see if Chevy makes a difference for Ganassi/DEI. Not sure if it will even matter if they switch if the rest of the equipment is junk. But hoping for the best. Now I like Elliott as well but I'd be happy with Bobby first!
Montoya will be in the chase this year. Have faith he's the only open wheel driver to adapt to Nascar. Even the anti open wheel sports analyst admitted that. Wait. Dinger is from open wheel he's adapted but it has taken longer.
Beverly

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Dec 29, 2008
 
cak wrote:
It appears that contracts don't factor into anything any more. Elliott had signed a multi-year contract extension just 6 months ago and this is still happening. Maybe the merger of GEM and Petty allow contract breaking? I don't know, I'm very confused and bummed.
If the driver doesn't meet the expectations of the contract the mean nothing. Elliott Sadler has not performed this year or ever for that matter. Check out his stats he's toast.

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