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Elliott Sadler Slated to Drive the No. 2 Truck for Kevin Harvick Inc.

Horn FanSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2010

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Elliott Sadler, driver of the #19 Geek Squad Dodge smiles during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 26, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kevin Harvick Inc. has announced that Elliott Sadler and co-owner Kevin Harvick will be sharing driving duties of the No. 2 Chevrolet in 15 of the 25 Truck Series events in 2010.  

In 2009, KHI's No. 2 team ran as the No. 4 for rookie Ricky Carmichael, but they did run the No. 2 in four races and they have switched it back to the No. 2 in 2010.

Sadler will drive in the season-opening, Nextera Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and make his first start in the series since 2003.

He's made three previous starts in the Truck Series, all in his home state of Virginia at Richmond and Martinsville.

"Racing in the Truck Series in 2010 with KHI will be a blast," said Sadler.

"It'll be nice to jump in the truck and go out and race for wins and not have to worry about points. We're going to kick the year off with a bang in Daytona and have some great races to run between then and the finale in Homestead."

While Sadler will be running in eight races for the team, and Harvick in seven races.

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Harvick will once again run a limited schedule in the Truck Series, and comes into the season with some momentum with back-to-back in the final two races of the 2009 season.

"I really enjoy being a part of the Truck Series," said Harvick.

The two will have crew chief Doug George leading the No. 2 team. It makes a great combination with each one's experience and a great teammate paired with Ron Hornaday on race day.  

KHI still has to announce the remaining driver line-up for the remaining 10 races, and will at a later date.  

It's previously been announced that Ryan Newman would be running in some Truck and Nationwide Series races for the team, and I'm sure he'll be in some of the remaining races.

I'd rather see them put a young talent like J.R. Fitzpatrick or Cale Gale full-time in the No. 2, and run a third truck for Sadler and Harvick.

With today's economy, I guess this is the sign of the times; teams will go with proven drivers to land sponsors and we as fans just have to live with it.  

Here's Sadler's schedule:

Daytona International Speedway
Dover International Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
O'Reilly Raceway Park
Pocono Raceway
Bristol Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway

While Harvick will be in the following races:

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Martinsville Speedway (both races)
Nashville Superspeedway
Michigan International Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway

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