Elliott Sadler Battles to 15th-Place Finish After Late-Race Incident at Road America
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 Charter Chevrolet team finished 15th at Road America after a late-race spin placed Sadler out of contention for the win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Soon after the green flag was displayed to the field on Saturday, Sadler moved from his 13th-place starting position to ninth on lap five, and crew chief Luke Lambert called the driver down pit road for a scheduled green-flag pit stop. The Charter crew put on four tires and added fuel to the No. 2 Chevrolet, sending Sadler back onto the road course in the 30th position. As green-flag stops cycled through, Sadler moved into fifth-place and continued to work his way around the 4.048-mile road course. The team made a scheduled pit stop on lap 31 for four tires and fuel, and Lambert encouraged Sadler to conserve fuel for the final 19 laps of the race. On lap 39, while running in the seventh position and battling with several other cars for track position, the No. 2 Charter Chevrolet was turned. Sadler was able to get the No. 2 back on track with minimal damage, but fell to the 27th position in the process. With 10 laps remaining, Sadler maneuvered around the course to gain positions and crossed the finish line in the 15th position. Sadler remains the leader of the Nationwide Series point standings, 11 points ahead of RCR teammate Austin Dillon.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
"Today was disappointing for the No. 2 Charter Chevrolet team. Our guys worked hard all weekend, and it was unfortunate to finish 15th after the incident late in the race. We did everything we could to gain as many spots at the end."