Sadler makes an about-face

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It seemed unusual that Elliott Sadler was picked to drive five selected races for Mark Martin, especially since Sadler drives a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and Martin drives a Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Apparently the race teams figured it out, too.

Two days after he was picked to drive both races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, as well as the July 17 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sadler had to do some back-peddling.

“I was going to drive the 55 car for five races for MWR, but actually, after the race on Saturday, after Victory Lane, Richard (Childress) and I went to his bus and I think Richard, along with some of the executives that he has, have just decided that it’s probably not in our best interest to do that right now,” Sadler told Speed.com.

GRAND MARSHAL: Actor Gary Sinise will be the grand marshal at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on April 1.

The speedway also announced that Marine Cpl. Joshua Kerns will wave the green flag to start the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. Kerns lost his right arm below the elbow and both his legs below the knees in an explosion
in Afghanistan.

Sinise’s foundation is helping build a specially equipped home for Kerns.

Sinise played Lt. Dan Taylor in the film Forrest Gump and stars in the television show CSI: New York. Media outlets report his Lieutenant Dan Band will play a fund-raiser for the home-building project on March 31 at Martinsville High School.

SURPRISE MOVE: Roger Penske will switch his two race teams to Ford next year, a move that caught everyone by surprise.

The drivers at Roush Fenway Racing said they aren’t sure what to expect next year when A.J. Allmendinger and Brad Keselowski switch from Dodge to Ford.

“I don’t know what is going to happen yet,” Carl Edwards said.

The Ford camp will have several high-level teams next year, including Penske Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. It also leaves Dodge without a single car. The chance to be the only team for Dodge might be too big to pass up for Petty, especially since he drove a Dodge in most of his 200 career wins.

Petty’s contract with Ford is up at the end of the year, so it’s likely that’s where Dodge will make its biggest push.


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