Team owner Richard Childress bump-drafted Elliott Sadler from his RCR plans, possibly to Joe Gibb's Racing.
According to CBS Sports, Childress used his appearance on SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio Sunday to let the NASCAR world know that Sadler won't be racing for RCR in 2013.
"I think he's gone somewhere else...we're disappointed, you know, he's had his best season," said Childress. "We don't know what more we could have done."
Childress' comments came the morning after Lee Spencer of Fox Sports reported that Sadler told his crew prior to Saturday’s NNS race that he didn’t have a deal with RCR for next season. RCR officials said that wasn't so.
Speculation has had Sadler landing at Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide Series program in 2013, depending on whether Joey Logano stays with Gibbs Racing as a Sprint Cup driver, gets bumped down to Nationwide or is given his walking papers. Sadler originally joined RCR when the team added Kevin Harvick Inc. following the 2011 NASCAR season.