Elliott Sadler is suing Richard Petty Motorsports for breach of contract and unfair and deceptive trade practices, according to SceneDaily.com. In the suit, Sadler claims that RPM is withholding payment to him because they are accusing him of influencing Hunt Brothers Pizza to leave the team to sponsor him in the Nationwide Series with Kevin Harvick Inc.
According to the suit, which was filed in North Carolina Superior Court, Sadler has a separation agreement with RPM that requires the new owners of the team to make payments to him. The agreement had a non-solicitation clause that prevented Sadler from influencing sponsors to leave the team with him. RPM alleges that Sadler violated that clause.
Sadler claims that RPM is accusing him of violating the clause in order to keep from having to pay him. Sadler’s attorney John Buric said:
What they allege is the Hunt Brothers sponsorship came to KHI as a direct result of Elliott negotiating that, or words to that effect. … Elliott had absolutely no involvement in that. Hunt Brothers sent out requests for proposals, requests for bids to many race teams and it just so happens that KHI was awarded the sponsorship.
Sadler is seeking an undisclosed amount of money.
An official with RPM had no comment.