Elliott Sadler Trading in His Firesuit for a Court Suit

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2009

Elliott Sadler and his attorney are gearing up for court, if things need to get that far.

Sadler is going to contest that Gillette-Evernham Motorsports breached his contract for the No. 19 Dodge, which he has been replaced in by AJ Allmendinger. Sadler had signed a contract extension in May to continue driving for the team in 2009 and beyond. He has driven the car since late 2006, when he replaced Jeremy Mayfield.

His attorney, John Buric, has filed an "application and order extending time to file complaint Wednesday in Iredell County Superior Court. Sadler has until Jan. 20 to file an actual complaint if the parties cannot reach an agreement on their dispute."

"According to the form, Sadler plans to seek 'injunctive relief, declaratory relief/specific performance, consequential and punitive damages as a result of Defendants anticipatory and actual breach of Plaintiffs' Driving Services Agreement...Plaintiffs also seek general, consequential, treble and punitive damages, and attorney fees, as a result of Defendants' tortuous interference,'" according to David Poole of the Charlotte Observer and Thatsracin.com

The application names George Gillette, Ray Evernham, and Anthony James (AJ) Allmendinger as the defendents.

Currently Sadler does not have a ride for the 2009 Sprint Cup Season.