By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
Consistency was the magic behind Elliott Sadler’s run to become the first NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season champion. It also gave Sadler enough bonus points to weather a decent weekend in the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Camaro at Kentucky Speedway.
Sadler now carries that consistency into Dover International Speedway where he has finished in the top-10 consistently throughout his career. In 19 Xfinity Series starts, he has three top-fives and 12 top-10s with a best finish of fourth in 2012. Sadler also has 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 1-mile high-banked concrete oval known as ‘The Monster Mile.’
Sadler likes where his JR Motorsports team is heading into the second Playoff race of 2017,
“We’re in a good spot heading to Dover, being only two points behind the playoffs leader. This gives our OneMain Financial team the opportunity to go in and have two good stages and rack up a lot of points. Dover is one of my favorite tracks, but it’s also a place that can jump up and bite you at any point.”
Entering the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover, Sadler sits third in points, two points behind both Cole Custer, and Sadler’s JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. To date, he has 11 top-fives, 20 top-10s, and one pole position this season.
Sadler also has the best average finish among full-time Xfinity Series drivers in 2017 with a 9.4 average. His JR Motorsports teammate William Byron is second with an average finish of 11.3. On 1-mile tracks alone, Sadler has an average finish of 6.3 and has yet to have a stage finish lower than seventh.
Now Sadler, crew chief Kevin Meendering, and the entire No. 1 JR Motorsports team will look to finally breakthrough with a win this season at Dover.