Sadler Heads To Evernham

The rumors and speculation can end. Elliott Sadler will drive for Evernham Motorsports beginning this weekend.

Sadler has been given his release from Robert Yates Racing and will join Evernham Motorsports this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as driver of the team's No. 19 Dodge.

"It’s truly an honor to drive for Dodge and Ray Evernham and to be a part of this team," said Sadler. "I admired Ray as a crew chief and now as a team owner and business leader. His operation is impressive. When you look at the engineering resources, the talented guys on the team, the marketing programs, the facilities and the way he and his directors run things, you can tell that this is a powerhouse organization that is focused on winning races and championships. I look forward to providing some of those wins and hopefully competing with Kasey and Scott for the championship next year."

Sadler replaces Jeremy Mayfield, who was fired by team owner Ray Evernham last week.

"So much of the success of a team depends on having the right blend of chemistry and communications," said Evernham. "Elliott will be a great fit with our team right away and will bring the competitive drive and the ability to communicate with the team what the Dodge Charger needs to perform at its best. I think he’s the key that will place this team firmly on the path to success."

Sadler, who had his first win at Bristol in 2001, has three career wins, seven poles and 16 top fives in 271 starts.

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