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Nationwide: Sadler bounces back on top

"What happened last week is something we're putting in the past," insisted Sadler's crew chief Luke Lambert. "It's a little bit of a heart-breaker, but when we got to work Monday morning we were here to race Iowa. We're moving forward, and we're going to win a championship."

Sadler's win at Iowa means that he rebuilds some of the points margin he'd enjoyed in the Nationwide Series championship standings going into Indianapolis last week, which had been hit by that black flag drama. He's now backup to 18pts over Austin Dillon, who has just 3pts in hand over reigning champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Although Dillon finished a lap down at Iowa, Stenhouse hadn't quite been able to make the most of the opportunity to overhaul the rookie in the points after the Roush Fenway #6 struggled for grip all evening, at a track where he'd dominated in May and led for 209 of the 250 laps; this time, he failed to lead a single lap all evening.

"We lacked right-side grip," he said. "But it's the same tyre for everybody, and we didn't quite figure it out. It's just part of the game."

Danica Patrick held on to 11th place after that late-race encounter with the wall, while early race leader Darrell Wallace Jr. also stayed on the lead lap to the end to finish in an impressive seventh place to build on the ninth place he'd claimed in his first Nationwide Series outing here in May.

"Definitely learned a lot from just running in the pack," Wallace said after the race. "I know our car wasn't that great on restarts and that's where we lost all our track position. We could have tightened it up a little bit more on that last run, I think we could have got a shot for running at least top-five, but definitely better tonight."

Full race results, qualifying and practice times, and Nationwide Series championship standings are available.




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