Sadler pads Nationwide points lead with Chicago win
Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Despite being under the weather throughout the weekend, Elliott Sadler prevailed in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway and collect a $100,000 bonus in the process.
Sadler, who has been suffering from a stomach virus, grabbed the lead during a late-race round of pit stops. A crash involving Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan with less than 10 laps remaining setup the two-lap overtime finish.
Sam Hornish Jr. bumped into the back of Busch, causing him to run into Gaughan before they hit the outside wall. Before the caution, Sadler held a one-second lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who started on the pole and dominated most of the race with 135 laps led. Stenhouse ran in 10th after a restart with less than 30 laps to go, but the defending series champion quickly made his way up to the second spot.
Stenhouse and Justin Allgaier, who won this race last year, attempted to pass Sadler for the lead after the final restart, but Sadler pulled away on the last lap and then finished 0.33 seconds ahead of Stenhouse for his third win of the season and the eighth of his Nationwide career.
With the win, Sadler increased his lead to 11 points over rookie and Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon, who finished sixth. Stenhouse is now 19 points behind.
Sadler was one of the four drivers eligible for the $100,000 Nationwide "Dash 4 Cash" award. Stenhouse, Hornish and Dillon were the others. Sadler is automatically eligible for the third bonus round, which will be held next weekend when the series competes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time.
Allgaier ended up finishing third, followed by Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.
Parker Kligerman, Hornish, Cole Whitt and Ryan Truex completed the top-10.
Danica Patrick placed 14th in her home state, while Travis Pastrana finished one lap behind in 17th.
07/22 18:22:28 ET