Elliott Sadler and the Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years team drove a strong race throughout Saturday’s 147-lap event until the No. 1 Chevrolet got caught in an unfortunate incident racing for third with five laps to go, ultimately finishing in 33rd at Darlington Raceway. Sadler remains the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings leader by 91 markers after claiming the highest finish by an NXS regular in both Stage One and Stage Two.
After taking the green flag in seventh, Sadler had raced his way into the top five by lap 6. For the next 25 laps, the Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years Chevrolet was able to run steady battling among the top four. As the field became closer to the stage end, Sadler began to report his Camaro as tight in Turns 3 and 4. Driving through the tough-handling condition, the Emporia, Va., native was able to complete two passes before the stage end. Sadler’s second-place running position at the end of Stage One earned him and the Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years team nine stage points.
Under the stage-ending caution, the No. 1 Chevrolet came down pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. When the race resumed for Stage Two, Sadler was in fourth place. Remaining focused, Sadler drove his Chevrolet Camaro just like he did throughout Stage One—racing among the top four. The Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years driver relayed to his team that the adjustment made concluding Stage One improved the handling of his Chevrolet. When the stage ended on lap 90, Sadler was in fourth place, earning another seven points for his stage finish.
Pitting for four tires, fuel and another adjustment, the No. 1 team began the final stage of the race in fifth. On lap 125, Sadler provided additional feedback to his crew chief telling him the Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years Chevrolet had become loose. Continuing his drive forward, the Virginia native was battling for a top-three position when contact was made with a competitor on lap 143, ending the team’s race. When the checkered flag waved, Sadler was scored in the 33rd position.
Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR throwback themed event followed by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones and William Byron to round out the top five.
Elliott Sadler, driver Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years team:
“We had a good run today and a fast Chevrolet, but an unfortunate ending. My guys have done an awesome job week in and week out to get us racing up front. I can’t thank Armour enough for letting us do this throwback paint scheme honoring my favorite driver. I hate this for my team, but we’ll be ready for Richmond next week.”
Laps Completed (Led): 142 of 148 (1)
Points (Bonus): 20 (0)
Points Standings (from leader): 1st (+91)