Richard Childress Racing
May 29, 2012
Elliott Sadler Preview: Dover 200
“I like racing at Dover. It is such a unique track."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet
June 2, 2012
Dover International Speedway
This Week’s OneMain Financial Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway … Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team will unload Chassis No. 104 from Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend. This is the fourth time the team has utilized this chassis, including a pole and third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a 12th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Most recently the team competed with this Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway, where a late-race incident relegated the team to a 24th-place finish.
The Monster Mile … Sadler heads to Dover International Speedway with eight Nationwide Series starts to his credit at the track, earning three top-10 finishes, one pole award and a best finish of sixth in September 1997 and in May 2011. Sadler also has experience at the one-mile track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 24 starts, three top-10 finishes and 188 laps led. The Emporia, Va., driver made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the track in 2010, finishing 24th.
Last Time By … In 2011, Sadler made two starts at Dover International Speedway, finishing sixth in the May event. In the September race at Dover, the OneMain Financial 200, Sadler started from the pole position and raced in the top 15 for a majority of the day. An untimely caution flag was displayed while Sadler was on pit road and placed the team one lap down, leaving the team with a 14th-place finish.
Just the Stats … According to NASCAR’s 2012 Loop Data Season-to-Date statistics, Sadler leads the Nationwide Series in average running position (6.526), average starting position (4.3), laps in the top 15 (2,051) and percentage of laps in the top 15 (95.7 percent).
To the Point … Sadler ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 13 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Race Rewind: Charlotte … On a steamy Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sadler spent a majority of the 300-mile race in the top 10. Coming to the white flag, the OneMain Financial team surged into the top five, notching their sixth top-10 finish of the 2012 Nationwide Series season. The finish helped Sadler gain 21 points on the leader in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.
Testing, Testing … Sadler traveled to Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday with several members of the RCR team to test in preparation for the upcoming road course events. Sadler and the Nationwide Series will head to three road course events this season, beginning June 23 at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wis.), August 11 at Watkins Glen International (N.Y.) and finishing on August 18 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal, Canada).
The REAL Heroes … Beginning last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and continuing through the event at Daytona International Speedway in July, the No. 2 OneMain Financial team will participate in “The REAL Heroes” program, a campaign designed to salute the troops. The No. 2 team will host military members at Nationwide Series races throughout the summer. At Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sadler and the OneMain Financial team spent time with two Gold Star families who lost loved ones in their service to the United States. Fans also have a way to get involved and send thanks to the troops throughout social media outlets and at OneMain Financial branch appearances during that time. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com and utilize #OMRREALHeroes.
Autism Speaks … All RCR-fielded entries in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will run a special Autism Speaks decal this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Sadler will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo on the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet to support autism awareness, a cause close to his heart.
Seeing Pink … For the remainder of the season, Sadler will have a little more color to his outfit on race days. The Emporia, Va., native will sport pink driving shoes, showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sadler’s mother, Bell, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and is now a survivor.
Meet Sadler … Fans have the opportunity to meet Sadler at the OneMain Financial branch at 1057 N. Dupont Hwy in Dover, Del., on Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Sadler, take photos in front of the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet showcar and participate in “The REAL Heroes” program by submitting thank you cards to the troops. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com.
Trackside … Sadler will serve as co-host on Friday for SPEED’s NASCAR Trackside from Dover International Speedway. The show will air on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SPEED.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Dover International Speedway?
“I like racing at Dover (International Speedway). It is such a unique track. Now that the Nationwide Series does not race at Nashville Superspeedway, it is the only concrete track other than Bristol Motor Speedway. Dover has a lot of banking, and a lot of G-forces, and we seem to run well there. I’m excited to get up to Dover and try to put the OneMain Financial Chevrolet in Victory Lane.”
Last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the No. 2 OneMain Financial team launched “The REAL Heroes” program. What can you tell us about it?
“It is great to have a sponsor like OneMain Financial support the RCR team and me in supporting the troops. Last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, we were able to run a special red, white and blue paint scheme as part of the NASCAR Unites program to support the military. Our OneMain Financial team also launched participation in “The REAL Heroes” program, which is designed to show our support for the troops and get the fans involved. I was able to spend some time in Charlotte with two families that lost loved ones in service, and it never ceases to amaze me in their strength. We hope to continue to host the troops and military members from now until the race at Daytona International Speedway this summer to show our thanks. I’d love for our fans to get involved as well. We will have thank you cards at all the OneMain Financial branch appearances and online to send to the troops. The bravery these men and women have to protect our country is unreal, and I hope that through this program we can show our thanks.”