Elliott Sadler to drive No. 33 at Daytona

Richard Childress Racing will enter the No. 33 Chevrolet in the first five Sprint Cup races of the season, starting with Elliott Sadler driving the car in the Daytona 500.

Brendan Gaughan will drive the car in the four races after Daytona. The No. 33 Chevy has a guaranteed spot in the field for the first five events of 2012, based on team owner points earned in 2011.

RCR did not have the necessary sponsorship to race the No. 33 car full time this season after previous driver Clint Bowyer left to join Michael Waltrip Racing.

The Daytona 500 is Feb. 26.

Terry Blount is a motorsports writer for ESPN.com.