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Sadler shakes off sickness for Chicagoland victory

NASCAR Nationwide
Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler went from sick to stupendous, rallying late to capture Sunday's STP 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Sadler, who also won a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus for the victory, had battled a flu bug for the previous three days, at one point spending 36 hours in bed. But when he arrived at the track Saturday, he felt the worst was behind him and was ready to race.

Give third-place finisher Justin Allgaier a big assist to Sadler's win, as he blocked runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. several times in the green-white-checkered restart that turned the scheduled 200-lap event into a 201-lap finish.

Stenhouse eventually got past Allgaier coming out of the final lap, but didn't have enough in his car to pass Sadler. Stenhouse had dominated much of the race, including winning the pole.

The final battle to the finish line was set up when, with seven laps remaining, Sam Hornish Jr. tapped the rear of Kyle Busch's car, sending it careening into Brendan Gaughan and putting both vehicles into the wall, bringing out the caution. While it was a tough break for both Gaughan and Busch, the incident was the best thing to happen for Stenhouse, as it set up a two-lap drag race to the checkered flag.

Busch finished 27th while Gaughan wound up right behind in 28th.

Stenhouse's bid for the victory was hurt when Brad Sweet spun for the second time in the race with 33 laps remaining. Stenhouse was caught on pit road as the caution flag fell, dropping him from first to 10th when the race returned to green flag conditions.

Sadler assumed the lead at that point and never yielded in the remainder of the event.

Stenhouse got a great jump on the restart, rode around the track on the high line and began his quest to regain the lead, passing six cars and gaining three spots in the following two laps. He halved Sadler's two-second lead to just one in seven laps and appeared as if he would finish off what he started, but it was not to be.

Allgaier made a bid on the second-to-last lap to overtake Sadler, but didn't have a strong enough car. While he held off Stenhouse as long as he could, Allgaier eventually yielded to the pole-sitter.

Stenhouse wound up leading 135 of the 201 laps, while Sadler led 35.

Allgaier finished third, followed by an outstanding run by series veteran Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.

Rounding out the top 10 were Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Hornish, Cole Whitt and Ryan Truex.

Danica Patrick finished 14th, the last car on the lead lap.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR LAPS STATUS
1 15 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 201 Running
2 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Rancher's Reserve / Dominick's / Cargill 201 Running
3 16 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 201 Running
4 11 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota Family Farmers 201 Running
5 14 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 201 Running
6 2 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 201 Running
7 5 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge Discount Tire 201 Running
8 3 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 201 Running
9 8 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 201 Running
10 9 18 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime Boss 201 Running
11 6 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 201 Running
12 7 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 201 Running
13 22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 201 Running
14 13 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 201 Running
15 18 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood 201 Running
16 24 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Gerber Collision & Glass 201 Running
17 32 199 Travis Pastrana Toyota Boost Mobile 201 Running
18 25 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 201 Running
19 21 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet Great Clips 201 Running
20 28 39 Josh Richards Ford NSW Kids 199 Running
21 12 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 199 Running
22 27 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Phoenix Automotive Cores / USS James E. Williams DDG 95 199 Running
23 17 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American Majority 198 Running
24 19 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 198 Running
25 30 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation 197 Running
26 35 117 Tanner Berryhill Toyota New Gulf Resources 194 Running
27 4 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 193 Accident
28 10 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Rheem / Menards 192 Accident
29 20 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 192 Running
30 26 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 179 Running
31 36 124 Benny Gordon * Chevrolet SR2 Motorsports 60 Transmission
32 33 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 47 Engine
33 37 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet Metro Ministries 28 Engine
34 41 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing With Jesus / Hyland's Leg Cramps 19 Handling
35 40 171 Matthew Carter Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 18 Handling
36 29 42 Blake Koch Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 14 Ignition
37 39 108 Tim Andrews Ford Randy Hill Racing 13 Rear Gear
38 38 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Beaver Bail Bonds 13 Vibration
39 42 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink 12 Overheating
40 34 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 11 Vibration
41 31 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 6 Clutch
42 43 15 Carl Long Chevrolet RWR / Lilly Trucking 4 Overheating
43 23 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports 4 Vibration

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