Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team finished 14th in the Drive for the Cure 200 on Saturday afternoon in the inaugural Roval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After earning valuable points in Stage Two, Sadler sits in the sixth seed of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with one race remaining in the Round of 12.
The No. 1 OneMain Financial team began the 55-lap event in 17th place after battling tight-handling conditions throughout qualifying. Under the first caution of the day on lap 2, the Virginia native began providing feedback to his team, relaying that his Camaro was still tight through each right turn. When the race resumed, Sadler worked to battle the tough handling and claimed one position before OneMain Financial crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road on lap 12 for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment—short pitting, a strategy opposite of the field. Just three laps later came the conclusion of Stage One. Sadler and the OneMain Financial team were found in the 26th position.
Having pit before the stage end, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet stayed out under the stage-ending caution. When Stage Two began, Sadler was in the fourth-place running position. Once again, Sadler was quick to report tight handling of his No. 1 Chevrolet. On lap 20, team spotter Brett Griffin came over the radio to relay quick lap times of his driver. When the second stage ended on lap 30, Sadler had driven his way into fifth place, claiming valuable stage points.
Under the Stage Two-ending caution, the OneMain Financial team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and another loosening adjustment. Sadler took the restart for the final stage in 16th place after other teams chose to remain on track. Through a series of cautions, the veteran driver remained focus and stayed out of trouble on the challenging racetrack. With 10 laps remaining in the 125.4-mile event, Sadler was quiet over the radio and racing among the top 15. When the checkered flag waved over the field, the OneMain Financial driver was scored in the 14th position. Chase Briscoe won the inaugural Roval event and was followed by Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell to round out the top five.
Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet:
“Today was tough and definitely a challenge, but we survived and got ourselves some valuable stage points. I’m proud of my OneMain Financial guys for keeping at it all week and never giving up. We had great strategy and great pit stops. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and I have already started talking about Dover.”
Laps Completed (Led): 55 of 55 (0)
Points (Bonus): 29 (0)
Standings: 6th (-52)