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.
"I'm still not 100 percent, but it feels good to win here in Chicago," Sadler
said. "My wife (Amanda) and I came here with another couple, which also
happens to be my doctor, and we had to put him to work. I drank a lot of
fluids, and I had to have a few IVs just to stay hydrated."
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
"It was a big win," Sadler said. "We won the Dash 4 Cash. We kept our lead in
the points. and we go now to Indianapolis next week for the first-ever
Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
Allgaier ended up finishing third, followed by Kenny Wallace and Michael
"We were trying to get to Elliott and working both the high and low line,"
Allgaier said. "We just couldn't hold off Ricky at the end."
Parker Kligerman, Hornish, Cole Whitt and Ryan Truex completed the top-10.
Hornish took the blame for the wreck involving Busch and Gaughan.
I feel real bad about it," Hornish said. "I looked down because it looked like
one of our hood pins was coming loose. Then I looked up and got right into the
back of Kyle's car. I get along real well with Kyle, and while he had already
gotten on his plane and flown out, I apologized to (Kyle Busch Motorsports
General Manager) Rick Ren and also apologized to Brendan."
Danica Patrick placed 14th in her home state, while Travis Pastrana finished
one lap behind in 17th.
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