Elliott Sadler had the caution flags fly his way and was able to take the race win away from a dominating performance by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Elliott Sadler was under the weather all weekend with the stomach flue. He hadn’t been able to eat for three days. They talked about getting a relief driver but Elliott told his team, “I can handle this”. He said after the race “Big time pride thing to stay in the car today.” Winning the race and $100,000 will make him feel a little better. Elliott Sadler wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series, STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. This is Elliott’s third victory and 14th top ten finish this season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started the race from the pole and proceeded to dominate the first 165 laps, only losing the lead a couple times during green flag pit stops. On lap 167 the No 38 car driven by Brad Sweet spins in the middle of green flag pit stops, trapping Ricky one lap down. Because he was so far out front before the green flag stops he was the first car one lap down and got his lap back. He started at the end of the longest line at the restart on lap 172. Only six wave around cars were behind him. He restarted 10th.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. began his charge back to the front on the restart on lap 172 passing six lap down cars in the first lap. By lap 184 he was back up to second place and running down the leader Elliott Sadler. On lap 192 the unthinkable happens, the No 38 car spins again and causes another caution. It took until lap 199 to clean the track leading to a Green White Checker finish. On the restart Justin Allgaier pushed Elliott Sadler over a car length in front of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ricky was not able to get back to second place until the third corner and did not have enough time to get back to Elliott to pass.
“The caution flags did not go our way today”, Ricky said. “If the caution had not come out we had it won”. Ricky led 135 laps of 200 and receives the bonus point for leading the most laps.
Elliott Sadler started the race in the 15th position and worked his way up to the top ten by lap 60, after that he was in the top ten the rest of the race. On lap 165 he assumed the led when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pitted under green and proceeded to lead the last 35 laps to win the race. Elliott said, “Things worked out our way with cautions and we took advantage of that”
Elliott Sadler had a fourth place finish at the last race and was eligible for the NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash”. He will receive a bonus of $100,000 for winning this race as part of this program that NASCAR set up to reward Nationwide drivers for race wins. Elliott Sadler joins his teammate Austin Dillon who won the bonus at the last race.
Austin Dillon was the top finishing rooking with a sixth place finish. Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over Austin who also happens to be his teammate.
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