Over the weekend, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Elliott Salder would run the No. 55 Toyota in five Sprint Cup Series races beginning with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway later this month.
Sadler was slated to drive in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in April, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol in August, and the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville in October.
MWR needed to find a driver to cover the races Martin elected to skip, and Sadler was set to take five of those races. But, it appears that the deal fell through because, according to FoxSports.com, Chevy, whom Sadler drives for in the Nationwide Series (Richard Childress Racing) squashed the deal to prevent him from running a Toyota.
Update: Sadler said that after winning the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Richard Childress approached him about running the MWR Toyota. He said:
I was going to drive the 55 car for five races for MWR, but actually, after the race on Saturday, after Victory Lane, Richard 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.
He later added that nothing was said about MWR being a Toyota team or RCR being a Chevy team. The concern, according to Sadler, was more about focusing on what the team is trying to do in the Nationwide Series.