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Sadler Wins Nationwide Race At Phoenix

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 3 2012

Elliott Sadler heads for his first victory in over three years. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Elliott Sadler passed Brad Keselowski with 26 laps to go and when on to win the Bashas’ 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the first for Sadler, who was driving a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, since 1998. It was the sixth of his career.

Keselowski hung on to finish second.

“We’re coming off four consecutive top-2s,” said Keselowski, who also finished second in the Feb. 25 Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona. “That’s pretty good. To come out of the gate and have two strong runs, that’s a lot to be proud of.

“I obviously wanted to get one more spot and pick up the win, but Elliott was a little stronger. There’s nothing to be ashamed of running second, but we’ll keep pushing, and if we keep putting ourselves in this position, we’ll get a win.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished third. Fourth was Austin Dillon.

Fifth was Kevin Harvick, who led a rece-best 107 laps and dominated the middle part of the race but gave up the lead on the final pit stop.

Rounding out the top 10 were Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Michael Annett.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 3 2012
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