Elliott Sadler has signed to drive 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season in the #88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Sadler will drive at New Hampshire, O’Reilly Raceway Park, Michigan, Richmond, Dover, Kansas, California, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedways. Two of the 10 races will include sponsorship from Delta Apparel and Realtree Outfitters, with the other races sponsored by Grand Touring Vodka. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is also scheduled to drive a Realtree Outfitters-sponsored car at Bristol Motor Speedway next month.
“Elliott is a really good buddy of mine, and I’m happy that he has agreed to race our cars on a limited basis this year,” said Earnhardt. “By now, everybody knows our situation. We are looking for (a) full-time replacement for the #88, but in the meantime, we’ve called upon some proven racers to keep it up front, capture points, and contend for wins.”
“I am grateful to Dale Jr. and Kelley (Earnhardt) for this opportunity,” said Sadler. “Dale Jr. and I have been friends since our days racing Late Models, so it’s a great opportunity for us to partner together in the Nationwide Series."
Sadler is in the final year of his Sprint Cup Series contract with Richard Petty Motorsports, and sources say this new, 10-race deal with JR Motorsports could expand into a full-time opportunity in 2011.