Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned a runner-up finish in the OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. This finish brings Sadler to 100 top-five finishes in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career—a feat only eight other drivers have achieved. In the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash finale, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet also finished second. Although he didn’t take home the $100,000 prize this weekend, Sadler qualified for (three) and won (two) the most D4C events this season and continues to hold onto the NXS point standings lead for a ninth consecutive week.
After a strong qualifying run on Saturday morning, Sadler began the 200-mile event in fourth place. The OneMain Financial driver was quick to begin claiming track position and was up to second place by the conclusion of lap 2. As the field approached the halfway point of Stage One, Sadler began recording lap times that were the quickest in the field. It was on lap 23 that the OneMain Financial Chevrolet took the lead and led the remainder of the stage. The stage win was the No. 1 team’s third of the season, now the most of any series regular team.
A quick stop under the stage-ending caution kept the No. 1 team in the top five for the start of Stage Two, after a few cars elected to remain on track. Following the opening laps of the second stage, the Virginia native reported that his OneMain Financial Chevrolet grew to be a little tight due to the track conditions changing. When the caution flag waved on lap 79, crew chief Kevin Meendering made the strategy call to bring Sadler down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment—the opposite call of the other leading teams. When the stage concluded just a few laps later, the No. 1 Camaro was in 16th place.
Opting to stay out due to their recent stop, the OneMain Financial team began the final stage of the race in fourth place. With the improved handling of his Camaro, Sadler reclaimed the lead by lap 104. Shortly thereafter, fellow JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier, who was also an Xfinity Dash 4 Cash contender, made the pass on Sadler for first with the help of his newer tires. Through a series of cautions, the two teammates remained on track, battling for first place. With just under 50 laps to go, Sadler found himself in fourth, after getting caught on the outside, but was once again logging lap times fastest of the field. On the final restart of the day, Sadler made another strong drive putting himself back into second place, racing Allgaier for the lead and D4C $100,000 bonus. The veteran driver worked to plan a last lap pass on Allgaier with hopes of taking the checkered flag in the OneMain Financial 200, but ultimately finished his partner’s event behind Allgaier in second place.
The finish was the team’s eighth top-five of the season, continuing their single-digit streak to start this season.
Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell and JRM teammate Tyler Reddick rounded out the remaining top five at Dover.
Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team:
“I really wanted to get the win for my team. My guys have brought fast cars every week and this would have been the race to do it—with our partner in the OneMain Financial 200. It was a great race and another strong finish, but I need to close it out. I want to get Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and my guys a checkered flag, not just a top-five finish. Congratulations to Justin Allgaier and JR Motorsports on another one-two finish.”