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Sadler says GEM situation resolved

Elliott Sadler doesn't expect the recent differences between him and Gillett Evernham Motorsports to have a negative effect on their 2009 Sprint Cup Series campaign

Sadler was confirmed as the driver of the No.19 Dodge only last week, despite having signed a contract extension in May last year.

AJ Allmendinger, who drove for GEM in the last five races of 2008, was rumoured to be replacing Sadler thanks to his good showings in the No.10 car, but legal action on Sadler's part put the deal back in place for him.

When asked if he thought the recent tension with the team would affect their on-track performance, Sadler replied: "I don't think it will. It shouldn't. We're professionals, and when we show up to play, we should be ready to play.

"When we're on the field, we should give it our all 100 percent, whether it's me and the race car or the guys doing the pit stops or the guys bolting the shocks on, whoever it may be and whatever it may be.

"As far as the team is concerned and myself is concerned, it's in the past. You know, I've been to the shop the last two days. Not one conversation about what happened a week ago.

The 33-year-old admitted he understood the reasoning behind the team's talks with Allmendinger. Sadler has yet to win his first race for the team after two-and-a-half seasons together. Teammate Kasey Kahne has won four races in the same period of time.

"When I first found out that it could be a possibility that I might not be in the 19 car, it was gut-wrenching to me because I have so many friends like family on the 19 car, and I know how hard we've worked and how much improvement we did make from 2007 to 2008 and how much improvement I think we can make again for the 2009 season," Sadler said.

"But I understand where it came from, I understood that at the end of the day me as a race car driver and us as Gillett Evernham Motorsports have to do a better job... we have to be accountable for our product we put on the racetrack each and every Sunday. At the end of the day, that's what the whole bottom line was."

Sadler stressed he never wanted legal proceedings to damage the team in any way and bring their relationship to a bad end. He said he just sought advice from his legal team to protect what he thought he was entitled to.

"We have a lot of contracts in place between each other, with sponsors, with personal service contracts, with manufacturers," he said. "There are a lot of different things that come into play from the legal side of it that honestly I don't know a lot about.

"My legal team did what they thought they had to do to protect me and to protect some of the sponsors and stuff that we have. But between me and the team, I never wanted the legal stuff to come between me and them."

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