NASCAR »

Nationwide: Sadler's second win of 2012

The caution allowed most of the leaders to come onto pit road one last time, but Sadler did a fake-out feint (which earned him a tap on the rear from Keselowski) before opting to stay out on track on older tyres in return for inheriting the lead for the restart on lap 272 ahead of Kasey Kahne, Stenhouse, Keselowski and Bayne.

"We knew the most important thing was where we needed to be on the restart,” insisted Sadler's crew chief Luke Lambert, who was at Bristol when Sadler won the first of his three Sprint Cup victories here in 2001 - except that instead of pit road, Lambert had been a high school student watching from the stands with his father. "I was here for that one. And I was pretty young!" said Lambert who is still only 28.

With the remaining laps zipping past in less than ten minutes there was no time for anyone to do anything about Sadler's new lead even though he was on older tyres: he claimed his second series win in just three weeks, making it two wins out of four races in 2012 - and that's after not winning a single race in 2011.

"After what I've been through the last couple of years in racing, this damn sure feels good," said a delighted Sadler after the race, who was also overjoyed that both his parents were actually at the track to see the Nationwide win for the first time.

Sadler's victory at Bristol also means that all four races so far in 2012 have been won by Nationwide Series regulars, rather than by Cup drivers such as Kahne, Keselowski, Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished in the next four positions ahead of Stenhouse. Bayne dropped to eighth after losing out in a final battle with Justin Allgaier that saw them both go three-wide for a stretch with Ryan Truex, who finished in tenth place. Kevin Harvick finished just ahead in ninth, having being left fuming after being caught out by a speeding penalty during the final round of pit stops.

The win puts Sadler 25pts ahead of Stenhouse in the Nationwide championship standings, who is just ahead of Trevor Bayne - who may not have many further runs in the series in 2012, having only made it to his home track of Bristol thanks to "a friend of a friend" helping to put together a late one-off sponsorship deal with Knoxville business yourracecar.com.

"It was really fun," said Bayne of his day. "I think we might have played our hand a little bit too early by going to two tyres. I got too loose at the end on the right sides. We took the left sides and that freed the car up more. It was a bad situation to be in. We just got out there too soon. It is all good though.

"Ricky and I push each other hard and we did both lead laps and hopefully [team owner Jack Roush] is proud of that," he added. "Jack's got two stout teams here running hard and two drivers that hopefully are the future for his company."

Full race results, qualifying times and championship standings available.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Roush Fenway Racing teammates (left to right, low line) Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. race (left to right) Kyle Fowler and Eric McClure in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Elliott Sadler leads the field during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Sam Hornish Jr. spins out, causing a caution during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Elliott Sadler celebrates in Bristol Motor Speedway Victory Lane on Saturday after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 in Bristol, Tenn. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS, finished ninth and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevrolet SS, finished 28th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, finished eighth and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, finished 35th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.