Richard Childress Racing
June 3, 2012
Elliott Sadler Retakes Points Lead with Top-10 Finish at the ‘Monster Mile’
"It's great to take over the points lead again but it's a long season, so we need to keep fighting to get strong finishes every week."
Start – 6
Finish – 7
Laps Led – 0
Points Position– 1
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team overcame a loose-handling condition to claim a seventh-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway. After starting the 200-lap race from the sixth position, the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet soon developed a loose-handling condition which would set the tone for the afternoon. During a competition caution on lap 40, the Luke Lambert-led crew armed Sadler with four fresh tires, along with chassis and air pressure adjustments to assist with the handling on the OneMain Financial Chevrolet. With a number of teams opting not to get fresh tires during the caution period, the No. 2 Chevrolet restarted the race in the 12th position. The Emporia, Va., native gradually worked his way back into the top-10 by lap 89, and was listed in the ninth position by the halfway mark of the event and took over the seventh spot ten laps later. Still challenged with the loose-handling condition, the OneMain team made additional chassis and air pressure adjustments to the No. 2 Chevrolet during their final two pit stops to assist Sadler in maintaining his position in the top 10. Opting for track position, Lambert called for Sadler to remain on track during the final caution period of the day on lap 152, lining up the No. 2 Chevrolet fourth for the restart. Sadler battled over the final laps but the loose-handling condition returned, ultimately dropping the blue and white Chevrolet a few positions, crossing the finish line in the seventh position. With his 10th top-10 finish of the 2012 season, Sadler regains the lead in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
“We had a solid finish today but not what we were hoping for at Dover (International Speedway). Luke (Lambert) made some great adjustments and the OneMain Financial team had quick pit stops all day long but we just couldn’t overcome the loose condition. It’s great to take over the points lead again but it’s a long season, so we need to keep fighting to get strong finishes every week. We really want to win more of those race trophies and if we can do that, the points should take care of themselves.”