June 29, 2012; Sparta, IN, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler during qualifying for the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Elliott Sadler's Championship Hopes Slipping Away

When Elliott Sadler announced that he was leaving RCR at the end of the year, his championship hopes seemed to get a little worse race by race. With two straight finishes outside the top 10 it is going to take a lot of luck for Sadler to win the Nationwide Series Championship.

When a driver and a owner both agree that the driver will not be racing there next year it can make for some distractions and problems. The big distraction obviously is where will Sadler be next year. There have been rumors going around that he will be going to Joe Gibbs Racing next year and will be bringing his sponsorship of One Main Financial with him.

The big problem it might create is: Is Elliott going to give 100% for the rest of the year? Being in a championship position it would be almost insane to think he wouldn’t but off the track distractions can effect a drivers focus to race.

Elliott Sadler is also looking for a return to the Cup  Series in the near future too. He thinks 2014 would be a realistic return to the cup series full time. It also doesn’t help Sadler that the championship leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is having an incredible last stretch. Ricky has one finish outside the top 10 in 10 races. That’s consistency and consistency is what wins championships in addition to winning some races along the way.

With Sadler leaving RCR the old question of “Is Richard Childress Favouring His Grandkids?” comes back. Now that would open a good ride for Austin’s younger brother, Ty, who currently races in the Camping World Truck Series.

Elliot Sadler is going to need a miracle to win the championship Saturday but stranger things have happen. Take the Sprint Cup race for example. Johnson blew a tire and crashed and it put him in a hole. Stenhouse could blow a tire and be knocked out of the race. That’s the great thing about NASCAR, you never know till the checkered flag waves.


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