Sadler remains on hot streak in Nationwide with Bristol win
Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - After not winning a Nationwide Series race since October 1998, Elliott Sadler has now won two of the first four races this season by taking Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sadler opted not to pit during a late-race round of pit stops under caution and took the lead for the first time with 36 laps remaining. He held off Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne after the final restart and then beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.16 seconds.
Two weeks ago at Phoenix, Sadler ended a 91-race winless drought in the NASCAR second-tier series. He had been a full-time competitor in Sprint Cup from 1999-2010 before returning to the Nationwide at the beginning of last season.
Sadler won a Nationwide race at Bristol for the first time in March '98, while his first career Cup victory came here in 2001.
Brad Keselowski finished third, followed by Joey Logano, who started on the pole and led the most laps with 119. Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top- five.
Kyle Busch, winner of the last three Nationwide races at Bristol, finished one lap down in 17th. Just before the halfway point, Busch encountered a loose wheel and had to pit unexpectedly, which put him almost two laps behind. He got back on the lead lap and ran among the top-10 before he made contact with the wall with less than 50 laps left.
Danica Patrick finished 19th, two laps off the pace.
03/17 16:45:19 ET