Actually, when it comes to the “Southern Gentleman’s” on track performance, not much.
It was just one short year ago when Sadler formally cut the cord by leaving his ‘dream job’ and jumped on the Evernham bandwagon.
“It’s truly an honor to drive for Dodge and Ray Evernham and to be a part of this team. 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.” -- Elliott Sadler 8-15-06
Looking at the numbers and the justifications Sadler gave for leaving RYR, one has to wonder if the “Southern Gentleman’s” internal clock is ticking once again to bolt to another team.
This time last year, Sadler took the driver seat of a race team that was 34th in owner points and while the 19 team as a whole has improved that position somewhat, the on track results are actually worse than what Sadler was achieving with RYR. The “Southern Gentleman” was not ‘happy’ with the result in 2006 with the 38 RYR team and made this justification.
"They're great, great people, and I've definitely enjoyed driving for those guys, but pretty much we have just come to differences of opinions on which way the sport is going. 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." Elliott Sadler 7-22-06
In 2006 with RYR, Sadler had an average starting position of 17.5 and an average finishing position of 23.1 while completing 92% of the total possible laps (20th in driver points standings). Not stellar numbers by any means, but when you compare them to the 2007 Evernham numbers of an average starting position of 19.6, an average finishing position of 24.3 while completing 96.9% of the total possible laps (20th in driver points) the similarities are striking.
We have all heard the excuses owner Ray Evernham has recently made, and the may or may not be justified. But the ‘Southern Gentleman’ seems to be more motivated by the end results, and little has changed in terms of end results in a year.
Now the real question is will Sadler revert back to his old ways and 'media speak' and start to spin his web. One doesn't have to look far to see his work unfold. Compare these quotes to recent Sadler quote and quotes to come. Its like Deja Vu all over again, or is it?