Elliott Sadler Finishes 11th at Michigan International Speedway
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team scored an 11th-place finish Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. As the green flag dropped on the 125-lap race, Sadler maintained his sixth-place starting position until lap 38, when he moved the No. 2 Chevrolet into the top five. The Emporia, Va., driver was happy with the handling on the OneMain Financial Chevrolet, and crew chief Luke Lambert called for right-side tires only on a scheduled stop under caution on lap 49. The quick stop put the No. 2 back on the track in the second position for the restart, and Sadler relayed to the crew that he was very pleased with the car. After maintaining the second position, green flag stops began and Sadler pitted on lap 89 for four tires and fuel. Another quick pit stop vaulted Sadler into the lead and he paced the field for the next three laps. A caution on lap 107 slowed the field, and on the restart, Sadler was shuffled back in the field to seventh. The red flag was displayed for a two-car incident on lap 115, halting the race. As the field lined up for a four-lap shootout, Sadler struggled to gain ground on the restart and crossed the finish line in the 11th spot. Sadler remains the leader of the Nationwide Series point standings, eight points ahead of RCR teammate Austin Dillon.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
"We had a really great No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet today, but the finishing position does not show it. I just couldn't get going on the restarts today. The pit crew was great all race long. We win and lose and as a team. This team doesn't give up, and we will head to Road America next week eager for a win at the road course."