By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Only one driver has been near perfect in the NASCAR Xfinity Series so far this season, Elliott Sadler. Sadler is the only driver to finish on the lead lap in all three races and score top-five finishes in each as well. With the series heading to ISM Raceway, Sadler, who will be driving a Cessna sponsored Chevrolet Camaro this weekend, seems poised to be able to keep that momentum. His JR Motorsports teammates swept both races there in 2017.
At ISM Raceway, Sadler has one victory in 2012, five top-fives, and nine top-10 finishes. However, Saturday afternoon’s DC Solar 200 will be the final NASCAR Xfinity Series event on the current configuration of the track. When the series returns in November, the Start-Finish line will have moved with other changes to the track also taking place.
“I’m looking forward to getting to Phoenix this weekend. Our Cessna team has had a solid start to the West Coast swing, which I love. We’re hoping to keep our top-five streak going. When we come back in the fall, the start/finish line will be in a different place so it would be cool to win the last Xfinity race in this configuration.”
On top of completing 100 percent of the laps run so far this season, Sadler is leading the series in other categories. The Emporia, VA native is first in the percentage of laps run inside the top-15, at 99.6. Sadler also has an average finish of fourth this season, as well as a driver rating of 106.3.
Sadler enters the DC Solar 200 tied for the points lead with his JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick. Reddick hold the tie-breaker, being the only Xfinity Series regular to have scored a victory this season. For Sadler, the race also marks a milestone as it will be his 200th career Xfinity Series start on a track between 1.0 and 2.0 miles in length. In his previous 199 races on tracks of those lengths, he has 107 top-10 finishes.
Now Sadler and his No. 1 team will look to continue to ride the momentum into the DC Solar 200.