Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team brought home a sixth-place finish in the Food City 300 on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. After claiming a top-five finish concluding Stage Two and leading laps in the final stage of the race, Sadler now sits third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.
Sadler took the green flag at the 0.533-mile speedway in sixth place and ran a steady race throughout the opening laps. It wasn’t until lap 30 that the OneMain Financial driver reported his Chevrolet was tight rolling into the center and loose on exit. After getting caught on the bottom following the first caution and restart of the evening, the No. 1 team fell back, finishing Stage One in ninth.
The OneMain Financial team began Stage Two in the seventh position after opting to remain on track due to their recent pit stop for fresh tires and fuel under the event’s first caution on lap 71. With the track changing as the night grew darker, Sadler once again relayed to his team that his No. 1 Camaro was back loose on exit. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 143, crew chief Kevin Meendering made the call to bring the OneMain Financial Chevrolet down pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Sadler restarted in 15th, but was able to remain on track under the following caution, ultimately finishing Stage Two in fifth place.
Electing to stay out under the stage-ending caution, the OneMain Financial team began the final stage at Bristol in the lead. Sadler paced the field for 12 laps, but was eventually passed by competitors on fresher tires. Remaining focused, Sadler drove among the top 10 throughout the stage after getting caught on the bottom following a restart. Ultimately when the checkered flag was displayed, Sadler had made his way back to sixth place, claiming his 18th top-10 finish of the season.
Kyle Larson crossed the finish line first and was followed by Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano to round out the top five.
Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team:
“It was a real honor to be able to give the command to start the engines tonight for the field. It was fun leading some laps and to be close to a top-five finish. My guys did a great job and unfortunately we kept getting the bottom on those restarts there at the end.”
Laps Completed (Led): 310 of 310 (12)
Points (Bonus): 39 (0)
Points Standings (from leader): 3rd (-17)