Elliott Sadler files suit vs. RPM

6/1/2011 - NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nationwide Series points leader Elliott Sadler has filed suit against former employer Richard Petty Motorsports for failure to pay past salary owed.

The suit was filed on Tuesday in the North Carolina Superior Court in Concord, N.C.

Sadler is seeking $10,000 in damages for breach of contract, $10,000 to prevent the defendant's unjust enrichment and $10,000 or more to be determined at a trial based on unfair and/or deceptive trade practices.

According to the lawsuit, Sadler claims that RPM refused to make an April payment because he violated a non-solicitation clause in their separation agreement.

Sadler, according to the suit, was accused of violating the clause for allegedly influencing Hunts Brothers Pizza that sponsored his Sprint Cup car at RPM in 2010 to join him and Kevin Harvick in the Nationwide and Truck Series at Kevin Harvick Inc. this season.

Sadler drove for RPM from 2006 to 2010. He signed with KHI after his contract with RPM and former owner George Gillett expired following last season. Gillett sold ownership of the organization to Richard Petty and investors last fall.

According to the suit, Sadler is requesting a jury trial.

RPM officials declined to comment.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.