As for the third-place man, Kyle Busch hadn't changed his view on the reconfigured track at Bristol Motor Speedway, which he'd called "terrible" after trying it out in practice earlier on Friday. "I think they made it worse," he said again after the race. "It's definitely hard to pass out there ... Everybody is fighting for the top, trying to boot everybody out of the way. It's frustrating."
However, Sadler's fifth place finish behind Austin Dillon keeps him in rude health in the Nationwide Series championship standings, where he is now 19pts ahead of Stenhouse. Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. is a further 9pts back after a quiet day at the office for him nonetheless netted a solid tenth place finish.
"We were just a little off on our set-up tonight," admitted Hornish. "We just didn't get a handle on it. We gave it our best though and managed to bring home a top ten finish. I was hoping to do a little better than that, but hopefully we learned something."
Hornish finished just behind Danica Patrick, who had rallied from a rough day in the practice and qualifying sessions, come from the back while dodging several near misses from other people's wrecks, and overcome a late race pit lane speeding penalty to secure a decent ninth place finish with experience that should put her in good stead for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race, her first at the short half mile track.
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