Sadler bounces back with Iowa win
Newton, IA (Sports Network) - Elliott Sadler put his bitterly disappointing week behind him by winning Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Sadler's victory in the U.S. Cellular 250 at this 0.875-mile racetrack came one week after a restart penalty ended up costing him a win in the inaugural Nationwide event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sadler passed Brad Keselowski after a restart with 18 laps remaining, but NASCAR determined he advanced his position on Keselowski before the restart line and therefore black-flagged him.
Sadler left Indianapolis in frustration after he pleaded his case to NASCAR that he did not jump the restart. But Sadler got redemption at Iowa when he passed Justin Allgaier and took the lead for good with 58 laps remaining. He crossed the finish line 0.6 seconds ahead of Allgaier for his fourth win of the season and the ninth of his Nationwide career.
"They (NASCAR) are not taking this championship from me," Sadler shouted over his team radio after he took the checkered flag for the 250-lap race at Iowa.
Sam Hornish Jr., who is competing at Iowa and Pocono this weekend, finished third and collected a $100,000 bonus in the fourth and final round of Nationwide Insurance's "Dash 4 Cash" program. Hornish Jr. continues to drive the No. 22 car in the Sprint Cup Series after Penske Racing released suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger from the team earlier this week.
Michael Annett and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending Nationwide champion, rounded out the top-five. Stenhouse was attempting to win his fourth straight race at Iowa, but a pit-road mishap just before the halfway point cost him a victory here.
With the win, Sadler increased his lead to 18 points over his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Austin Dillon, who finished one lap behind in 15th. Sadler entered this race with only a single-point advantage over Dillon.
08/04 23:09:11 ET