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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|