J.D. Gibbs confirmed that it is very possible that JGR will have Sadler and Vickers as full-time Nationwide drivers in two of three cars next season. They will use the third car for development drivers.
Gibbs also confirmed the possibility that JGR could hire Nationwide Series points leader Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers to drive full-time in the Nationwide Series next season.
“That’s a potential,” Gibbs said. “I think we have to wait a little while before we can say anything officially.”
Sadler, who has made it clear he will not return to Richard Childress Racing after this season, would drive one car with OneMain Financial as the primary sponsor. He also is expected to drive a part-time Sprint Cup schedule.
Vickers would drive the second car with Dollar General as the sponsor.
Gibbs said the plan is to field a third car for his Cup drivers and developmental drivers Drew Herring and Darrell Wallace Jr. to share
An interesting note about this is there is no mention of Denny Hamlin or Matt Kenseth, who have both had extensive time in the series. Kyle Busch will continue to race the #54 in Nationwide, but that’s not a JGR car. The rumors of Sadler to Gibbs have been serious, since RCR announced they would not have him back. Brian Vickers on the other hand, still has a part-time cup ride with Michael Waltrip Racing, he would be able to fulfill that contract as well seeing as both teams race Toyota.
What is absent from this news is the thought of a fourth Sprint Cup car. Sadler and Vickers are both former Sprint Cup regulars and if they were able to split a season in one car at NASCAR’s top level they could win the owner’s points championship. An official signing should happen very soon if its going to take place, as most deals are done before the year is up.