Flashback less than 4 months ago
April 27, 2006 SADLER HAVING A WANDERING EYE?
"When Sadler arrived at Yates, he said it was a dream job, perhaps a lifetime job. And now? He's not so sure. Sources say Sadler is talking to other team owners looking for a deal."
On the surface, the speculation concerning Sadler is innocent and even justifiable. After all, the 38 was not running like it had the past year and there were some key personnel changes at RYR.
April 29, 2006 “IM HERE TO STAY”
“You just can’t change a team overnight. It’s going to be a long process. I’m here to stay at Robert Yates. I can’t see myself going anywhere."
The twisted web of untruthfulness begins.
May 4, 2006 SADLER HOPE JARRETT STAY AT RYR
“I just told him to keep me out of it. I don’t want to know about it. I want to find out when everybody else does that way I won’t get into trouble. If he stays that great, I would love to keep him as a teammate and love to keep him at Robert Yates Racing. If he goes I’d hate to lose him as a teammate but still I’m going to keep him as one of my best friends. I want to be there as a friend first, but if he decides to stay I definitely want to be his teammate again."
Even though there is the persistent talk in the garage that Sadler is talking to other owners, the Southern Gentleman is still toeing the company line.
May 22, 2006 SADLER SIGNED WITH RYR TILL 2008
a Robert Yates Racing representative confirmed that Sadler is under contract with the team, through the end of the 2008 season
Just a friendly reminder about integrity. The press understood that this fact was important.
May 25, 2006 SADLER SAYS HE IS STAYING PUT AT RYR, CONFIRMS ‘OUT’ IN CONTRACT
While saying there is an out in his contract if he wished to exercise it, Elliott Sadler said Thursday he has no intention of leaving Robert Yates Racing.
"I'm not unhappy; I'm just frustrated with the way we've been running. That is two different scenarios. There's a difference in being unhappy and being frustrated. I'm frustrated just because I want to run good."
"I've been reading stuff about, 'Contract this and contract that,' and I haven't even looked at my contract. I don't think that's important. Yes, I do have an out if I want an out, but who cares? I want to get this team running. My responsibility is to put that 38 car up front each and every week."
"I plan to come back. I think it's my duty."
The untruthfulness just gets bigger and bigger. And more importantly is the date, less than two months from his actual release date from RYR. Who is Sadler trying to dupe here? Is he honestly thinking that he can convince people that in less than 60 days the situation went from 'DUTY' to 'PACK YOUR BAGS'?
June 17, 2006 SADLER LOOKING TO LEAVE RYR?
Elliott Sadler has let it be known he isn't happy in the team's No. 38 car and appears to be looking for a way out, especially after teammate Dale Jarrett accepted a Toyota pension for 2007, with Michael Waltrip.
So three weeks after the 'I'm not unhappy' quote, now it appears that Sadler is laying the seed to bolt. What ever happened to 'You just can’t change a team overnight. It’s going to be a long process. I’m here to stay at Robert Yates'. Again this just show that Sadler in his life has never really had to work for anything, and when things look the least bit bleak, he will do his best to find a way out. There is nothing wrong with a little hard work, it brings much satisfaction. But I guess getting your fingernails a little dirty is not for a Southern Gentleman.
June 19, 2006 YATES SAYS THAT SADLER HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT BEING UNHAPPY AND WANT TO LEAVE RYR
Robert Yates denied Internet reports that Elliott Sadler is unhappy and wants out of his contract to drive the #38 Ford that runs through 2008. "That's not what he's telling me. That's all I can really say. I guess the grandstand can start speculating anything. So far, he hasn't communicated that with me yet."
So its mid June, and according to the owner, there has been no dialogue between Sadler and Robert. This really would be a non-issue, until one listens to the EVERNHAM/SADLER press conference. (See below)
July 14, 2006 SADLER DENIES HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH RAY EVERNHAM
Sadler denied he had had any negotiations with Evernham, and he has a year left on his contract with Yates. He admitted he had had a long talk with Yates this week at the Indianapolis tests.
"I have not made my decision on what I want to do next year. Can I tell you something different in two or three weeks? Maybe. Right now, I need to concentrate on what we're doing here. I owe it to my sponsors. I owe it to Robert and Doug."
So Sadler finally talks with Robert, and expresses his desire to leave in Mid-July (remember this date). Based in his past non-truthfulness, why deny talking to Evernham. Sadler used this same spin in '02, when he bolted from the Wood Brothers, and eventually signed with Yates.
July 14, 2006 SADLER ADMITS TO TALKING TO OTHER TEAMS BUT DENIES TALKING TO EVERNHAM
Sadler denied that he's had discussions with Evernham or anybody from Evernham Motorsports about leaving Robert Yates Racing, but admitted there have been discussions with other teams. "You'd be surprised at how many cars will open up next year,.”
“I don't know anything about a deadline or day. Right now, I want to focus on that No. 38 car. I really want to get one more win in it."
Key phrase, 'one more win'. Sadler, for the first time admits his desire to leave RYR, one way or another.
July 20, 2006 SADLER GETS RELEASE FROM RYR
Robert Yates Racing (RYR) announced today that driver Elliott Sadler has requested and been granted a release from his contract to take effect at the conclusion of the 2006 season.
The shopping spree begins? Or is this just the final phase of a carefully orchestrated plan?
July 22, 2006 SADLER SAYS HE HAS MULTIPLE CHOICES
"I couldn't really make myself buy into the system and which way I think the company is going. So we just decided to split ways and do something different."
Sadler said he's entertaining multiple offers at this point. "There are a lot more seats open than there are drivers available, I think. That's what caught me off this week with some of the phone calls I got. I'm not in a hurry to try to make a decision. I have no timelines."
The justifications and excuses begin. It is like deja vu, all over again! Just as Sadler did in '02 with the Wood Brothers lacking the 'chemistry' and didn't like the direction the team was going.
August 16, 2006 SADLER SIGNS WITH EVERNHAM
Sadler, who signed a long-term contract to drive the No. 19 Dodge.
"Long term' contract, which means nothing to the Southern gentleman.
Now in order to go full circle with the untruthfulness and spin from the Southern Gentleman, one needs to talk a look at the EVERNHAM/SADLER press conference.
August 16, 2006 SADLER /EVERNHAM PRESS CONFERENCE
"We actually started talking to Elliott probably in July when we were looking at trying to put a fourth team together. We started to communicate back and forth what his future plans were. Again, he was under contract with Yates and we didn't have a place to put him at that time, so we initially started looking at what we could do in the future with our fourth program."
For this to be the truth, the Sadler/Evernham conversations would have had to begin between July 14th (Sadler denies talking to Evernham above) and July 20th (RYR gives Sadler his release). That’s less than one week, and a week that included a race weekend. Could it have happened then? Sure it could, but there is one problem. Evernham said that talk begin when he was looking at a 4th team, this was going in late June, and early July. Remember Evernham was very interested in developing his ARCA program to a fourth cup team. 'Erin-gate' was much before the July 14th date sited above.
SADLER YATES AGREED TO SPLIT MONTHS AGO
"We just decided a couple of months ago that we were going to split ways. I talked with some other teams, not only Ray”
Now the date Sadler said this was August 16th, and the time period that Sadler and Robert 'finally' talked was during the Indy test season week, which was held on July 10 thru July 12th. So if the 'Southern Gentleman' and Robert had truly agreed to part ways then, why the denials of talking to Evernham, along with the other teams?
Then there is the final blow concerning the twisted web that the 'Southern Gentleman' has woven. A very innocent post on his Fan Club Message Board from his PR/Spotter.
August 17, 2006PLAN IN PLACE FOR MONTHS
“The last few months have been very busy -- evaluating situations, making decisions and executing the plan”
Key word is MONTHS (plural), not the last few weeks, like the 'Southern gentleman' has been claiming. The web begins to unravel.
One can just hope that Sadler enjoys this spin, when his seat begins to get hot in the 19, but then agian, his pants are already on fire.!