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Nationwide: Sadler bounces back on top

After losing out at Indianapolis last weekend to a controversial black flag call, Elliott Sadler responded in the best way he knew how - by winning the US Cellular 250 at Iowa.
A week ago at Indianapolis, Elliott Sadler had not been a happy man. Judged to have jumped a crucial restart near the end of the race because of a shove from behind over which he'd had no control, he had been served a costly drive-thru penalty that had handed the race win to Brad Keselowski and left Sadler fuming on his way to confront the NASCAR officials, to no avail.

"We felt like we should have won that race last week," admitted Sadler. "I'm not going to lie to you, I'm still disappointed about last week.

"It's been a rough week," he added, referring to his father having surgery during the week but who had still had time to offer some words of advice to his son: "He said do not let them take this championship away from you," Sadler revealed. "Go to Iowa and kick their butts."

And sure enough, this weekend at Iowa Speedway, Sadler responded to last week's adversity in the best way possible and the only way he knew how: by winning the US Cellular 250 from pole position, despite encountering some stiff competition from Justin Allgaier along the way.

Sadler didn't get the best of starts to his evening's work, losing the lead on the first lap to fellow front row man Darrell Wallace Jr. Despite this being only his second Nationwide Series start (his first in May was also at Iowa), the 18-year-old pulled out a big margin over Sadler and the rest of the field and held it through to lap 35, when worn tyre and lapped traffic held him up just long enough for Austin Dillon to slide past him for the lead.

"It's cool to lead the first lap," said Wallace, who was driving the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing car. "I don't know if he gave it to me or I took it away from him, but that was fun there."

A planned competition caution to allow teams to take a look at their cars after earlier rain has passed over the Speedway came out on lap 50, and at the restart Dillon held the lead over Sadler, Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier and Sam Hornish Jr., Wallace having dropped back to ninth after a slow pit stop.

"I think I got out too hot right there at the beginning and kind of used the tyres up," admitted Wallace later. "We fell off right there in pit road; mistake, my fault there."

Sadler got the slightly better restart but was unable to make it stick, Dillon finally seeing him off after several laps of side-by-side running between the two. A second caution on lap 87 for a spin in turn 4 by John Blankenship set up another visit to pit road for the leaders, but a slip for the rear tyre man cost Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vital seconds and Austin Dillon also had problems, dropping him down nine spots for the restart on lap 96.




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Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, celebrates with his team in victory lane after winning the US Cellular 250 race at Iowa Speedway on August 4, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the US Cellular 250 race at Iowa Speedway on August 4, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for thirteenth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick will be joined by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eleventh position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Truex, Jr. will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Gordon will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Sunday will be Gordon`s last race as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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