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Sadler Holds Off Stenhouse To Win Nationwide Race In Joliet

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 22 2012

Elliott Sadler celebrates his victory at Chicagoland Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

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Elliott Sadler rallied late to capture Sunday’s STP 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Sadler, who also won a $100,000 bonus for the victory, won the green-white-checkered extended event by holding off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over the final laps.

Third-place finisher Justin Allgaier assisted Sadler’s win, as he pushed his fellow Chevrolet driver and then blocked runner-up Stenhouse Jr. several times after the green-white-checkered restart.

Stenhouse eventually got past Allgaier coming out of the final lap, but didn’t have enough in his car to pass Sadler’s Richard Childress Racing Impala.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Stenhouse had dominated much of the race, leading 135 of 200 laps.

The extra-laps were set up when, with seven laps remaining, Sam Hornish Jr. tapped the rear of Kyle Busch’s car, sending it careening into Brendan Gaughan and putting both vehicles into the wall, bringing out the caution.

Busch finished 27th while Gaughan wound up right behind in 28th.

Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett finished fourth and fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Hornish, Cole Whitt and Ryan Truex.

Danica Patrick finished 14th, the last car on the lead lap.

RACE RESULTS

1. (15) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 201.

2. (1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 201.

3. (16) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 201.

4. (11) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 201.

5. (14) Michael Annett, Ford, 201.

6. (2) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 201.

7. (5) Parker Kligerman, Dodge, 201.

8. (3) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 201.

9. (8) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 201.

10. (9) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 201.

11. (6) Brian Scott, Toyota, 201.

12. (7) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 201.

13. (22) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 201.

14. (13) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 201.

15. (18) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 200.

16. (24) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 200.

17. (32) Travis Pastrana, Toyota, 200.

18. (25) Timmy Hill, Ford, 200.

19. (21) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 200.

20. (28) Josh Richards, Ford, 199.

21. (12) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 199.

22. (27) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199.

23. (17) Jason Bowles, Toyota, 198.

24. (19) Eric McClure, Toyota, 198.

25. (30) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 197.

26. (35) Tanner Berryhill, Toyota, 194.

27. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 193.

28. (10) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Accident, 192.

29. (20) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 192.

30. (26) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 179.

31. (36) Benny Gordon, Chevrolet, Transmission, 60.

32. (33) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, Engine, 47.

33. (37) Tim Schendel, Chevrolet, Engine, 28.

34. (41) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Handling, 19.

35. (40) Matt Carter, Chevrolet, Handling, 18.

36. (29) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Ignition, 14.

37. (39) Tim Andrews, Ford, Rear Gear, 13.

38. (38) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, Vibration, 13.

39. (42) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, Overheating, 12.

40. (34) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, Vibration, 11.

41. (31) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, Clutch, 6.

42. (43) Carl Long, Chevrolet, Overheating, 4.

43. (23) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 4.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 130.929 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 18 Mins, 10 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.331 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 13 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Stenhouse Jr. 0; S. Hornish Jr. 1-6; R. Stenhouse Jr. 7-48; A. Dillon 49; C. Whitt 50-51; M. Bliss 52-55; R. Stenhouse Jr. 56-59; S. Hornish Jr. 60-75; R. Stenhouse Jr. 76-107; M. Annett 108; R. Stenhouse Jr. 109-165; E. Sadler 166-168; J. Allgaier 169; E. Sadler 170-201.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R. Stenhouse Jr. 4 times for 135 laps; E. Sadler 2 times for 35 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 2 times for 22 laps; M. Bliss 1 time for 4 laps; C. Whitt 1 time for 2 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 1 lap; J. Allgaier 1 time for 1 lap; M. Annett 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 675; A. Dillon – 664; R. Stenhouse Jr. – 656; S. Hornish Jr. – 633; J. Allgaier – 597; M. Annett – 569; C. Whitt – 550; M. Bliss – 491; D. Patrick – 443; B. Scott – 430.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 22 2012
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