Dover notebook: Earnhardt introduces new driver, Bowyer gets one-year ride

DOVER, DE - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Ford, speak to the media before practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - OCTOBER 02:  (L-R) Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Ford, speak to the media before practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Ford, speak to the media before practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

With heavy rain falling Friday at Dover International Speedway, the only action was away from the track.  NASCAR canceled all on-track activity including practice and qualifying prior to noon; focusing the attention on the media center.  Among the announcements was a new driver for JR Motorsports in 2016.

The team owned by NASCAR’s most popular driver introduced veteran driver Elliott Sadler as one of its drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity series next season.  The team had scheduled a news conference at Dover but Sadler and team co-owner Earnhardt Jr. broke the news via Periscope prior to the official announcement.

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