By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – No one had a more eventful Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 than Elliott Sadler. The NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader spun early, went a lap down, and still managed to rebound for a fourth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.
On the final restart, Sadler’s No. 1 Armour Chili Chevrolet Camaro SS was just outside the top-five. In the chaotic scramble to the finish, he found himself in fourth when the caution and checkered flags waved. It was just another piece of the crazy day that Sadler had.
Just 59 laps into the race, Sadler spun off the nose of John Hunter Nemechek. He made light contact with the outside wall. In his haste to stay on the lead lap, he passed the pace car leaving pit road. However, the pace car had beat Sadler to the start-finish line, trapping him a lap down. Two laps later, Sadler received the free pass after Matt Tifft had a tire go down. He had just passed Tifft prior to the incident.
“If you were watching that, you got your money’s worth as far as I’m concerned,” Sadler said of his eventful day. “Yesterday I kind of used some experience for how the old track kind of drove. That’s the way I drove the track all day today. It reminded me of the old Bristol, where if you could get your car to hook around the bottom and have forward bite off, you were going to be fast. I’m kind of glad the groove did move up. It reminded me of the old Bristol where if you go a run on somebody in the corner, you could move them up and go around them on the bottom.”
Sadler remains the points leader, increasing it to six points over Daniel Hemric. The fourth-place finish was his fifth top-five of the season, and seventh top-10 in seven races. Sadler is the only driver to have finished inside the top-10 in every race this season, and his top-10 streak goes back to Homestead-Miami Speedway last year.
Now Sadler will prepare to compete for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash at Richmond Raceway in the ToyotaCare 250 on April 20.