Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team took the checkered flag in sixth place on Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in the Overton’s 300. Plagued with a tight-handling condition throughout the event, Sadler was held to 10th-place finishes following Stage One and Stage Two, ultimately falling to third place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. Sadler, however, is only four points out of first place with one of his strongest tracks, Daytona, coming up next weekend.
The veteran driver rolled the No. 1 Chevrolet off the grid for the 200-lap race in eighth place. Sadler was quick to begin reporting the tight handling of his OneMain Financial Camaro, just five laps into the event. Sadler fought to remain within the top 10 throughout the first stage due to the tougher driving conditions. It wasn’t until the end of Stage One, where the OneMain Financial team finished 10th, that Sadler came down pit road for adjustments, fuel and fresh tires.
After a quick pit stop by his OneMain Financial team, Sadler began Stage Two in eighth place. Shortly thereafter, Sadler relayed that his Chevrolet was still tight through the center. The Virginia native remained focused, listening to the lap times and race lines being ran by competitors that the OneMain Financial spotter Brett Griffin was relaying over the radio. As Stage Two concluded, Sadler was scored in the 10th position.
The OneMain Financial team elected to visit pit road once again following the stage conclusion. When the final stage began, Sadler was up to the sixth-place running position. When the first caution of the day was displayed on lap 100, the driver of the No. 1 Camaro relayed that the handling of his car had significantly improved. Remaining on track, Sadler restarted sixth and found himself running in the top five just three laps later. As the long run continued, the OneMain Financial driver reported his Chevrolet was becoming loose off. Crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road for a schedule green-flag pit stop on lap 167 for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment. When the green-flag stops cycled through, the team was running in seventh place. Continuing his race forward, the OneMain Financial driver was able to gain one additional position—ultimately finishing the race in sixth place.
Kyle Larson won the Chicagoland NXS event and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric to round out the top five.
Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team:
“I’m really proud of my guys, the way they performed all weekend. My pit crew did a phenomenal job and kept us in the game. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) made adjustment calls that really helped the handling of my OneMain Financial Chevrolet, but I just got myself too loose there in the end. We always want a top five, but will take this solid finish and bring the momentum to Daytona— a track we know we can run well at.”
Laps Completed (Led): 200 of 200 (0)
Points (Bonus): 33 (0)
Points Standings (from leader): 3rd (-4)