Elliott Sadler and GEM: We ARE Family!


A few days ago, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Elliott Sadler announced that, earlier reports notwithstanding, Sadler would drive GEM’s No. 19 in 2009.

First and foremost, that’s exceedingly good and appropriate news for Sadler, and not least because he has shown himself to be an incredibly decent guy according to almost anyone with any connection to the sport, be they a member of a team, the media, or his sponsor. And then, obviously, it’s fortunate for him given the timing and the circumstances of his reported dismissal, two factors that combined to make the likelihood of immediate, gainful employment damn-near impossible.

Still, there was one portion of the GEM aannouncement that caught my eye, and it was this:

"We are a family," said GEM CEO Tom Reddin. "Sometimes in a family you have differences. We have resolved all differences."

Now, that’s a family I want to be a part of! Hell, my mom and I still can’t get past that nasty little throw-down we had in 1977 when she accused me of forgetting to put the vanilla ice cream back in the freezer … sure, we smile, we exchange pleasantries, we assure each other of our mutual love, but, I mean, for my part? I just can’t quite bring myself to forgive her. Letting good ice cream go to waste is an unpardonable sin.

Regardless, good news for Sadler.