The first laps of the race saw those on the outside line - including Stenhouse and Wallace - all struggle to hold their lines and consequently they lost multiple positions after the green flag because of the lack of grip and amount of dust up high on the track. The lack of a second groove also meant that many cars started to cut across the newly-paved infield apron under the yellow line (which is allowed outside of Daytona and Talladega) either to avoid accidents or to try overtaking moves; Sunday's Cup race may well see more of the same.
But Saturday absolutely belonged to Sadler and RCR, with Sadler taking away from Phoenix a solid lead at the top of the Nationwide Series points standings over Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne.
Even better for Sadler, earlier on during Saturday it had been announced that he'd landed five Cup races in the Michael Waltrip Racing #55 car, as Mark Martin (who had earlier put the #55 on pole for the Cup race at Phoenix) is only running a part-time season. Michael Waltrip himself will also have five outings behind the wheel, and the remaining two Cup races of the season at Watkins Glen and Infineon will be handed to a road race specialist to be announced.
No wonder the grin on the winner's face in victory lane was as wide and bright as it could possibly be.
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