Richard Childress Racing
July 29, 2012
Elliott Sadler Finishes 15th after Late-Race Penalty at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"We will rebound from this, and the OneMain Financial team will be even hungrier next week at Iowa Speedway for a win."
Start - 5
Finish - 15
Laps Led - 0
Points Position - 1
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team settled for a 15th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event after being penalized on the final restart of the event. Starting from the fifth position, Sadler worked his way around the 2.5-mile track, racing in the top-five early in the race. Sadler visited pit road for routine service while under caution periods on laps 38 and 62, never falling out of the top 10. Sadler moved into the third position by lap 78 and reported that he was happy with the handling on the OneMain Chevrolet. A caution on lap 78 positioned Sadler in the second spot for the restart, lining up the No. 2 Chevrolet on the outside. As the green flag dropped, Sadler moved into the lead, but was penalized by NASCAR as officials reported he crossed the start-finish line before the leader. Sadler was forced to serve a pass-through penalty on lap 89, returning the No. 2 Chevrolet to the field in the 24th position. He utilized the final 10 laps of the race to regain as many positions back as possible, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 15th position. Sadler remains atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver point standings, leading his Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon by one point.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
“This is a tough one to swallow. We really wanted to win this inaugural race. Today my heart was definitely ripped out of my chest. We will rebound from this, and the OneMain Financial team will be even hungrier next week at Iowa Speedway for a win.”