TAMING THE MONSTER MILE: Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team will head to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the second NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the Monster Mile this season. In May, the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) team finished sixth in a caution-extended contest at the one-mile track. After a pit road penalty and an untimely red flag for rain, the No. 2 OneMain Financial team fought back for a top 10 in a wild overtime finish.
CONCRETE RACING: Sadler is no stranger to competition at the Dover, Del., concrete track. The Emporia, Va., native has competed at the track seven times in the Nationwide Series with three top-10 finishes. Sadler has also competed at the one-mile concrete oval 24 times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a total of three top 10s, 188 laps led and a best finish of sixth in 2005. He also has a one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010 where he sat on the outside pole in a KHI truck and ran in the top five for most of the day until tire failure relegated the team to a 24th-place finish.
KHI AT DOVER: KHI has made a total of 18 starts since 2005 at Dover. The organization has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes with a best finish of fifth scored in 2010 by team co-owner Harvick and in 2006 by Ron Hornaday.
TO THE POINT: Sadler remains in the second position in the Nationwide Series Driver's Point standings. With six events remaining on the schedule, Sadler sits 14 points out of the lead.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 OneMain Financial team will unload chassis No. 064 for this weekend's competition at Dover. This is the sixth time the No. 2 team has utilized this particular chassis, including a sixth-place finish when the Nationwide Series competed in the May event at Dover. The team also ran No. 064 at the March and August events at Bristol Motor Speedway (fourth and eighth), Nashville Superspeedway in April (13th) and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in July (16th).
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
How do you feel heading into this week's race at Dover? "Man, Dover is a big weekend for us, and it is definitely a big weekend for OneMain Financial. It is the first time OneMain Financial has been the entitlement sponsor of a NASCAR race, so it is exciting for everyone. We know that there will be a lot of customers and employees from different branches, so there are high expectations for us to go there and do well. We think we have a really good setup, and we will be bringing a brand-new car that we know will be fast. We definitely want to run well in our sponsor's race, and it is crunch time coming down to the championship, so our guys are as focused as ever. I'm thrilled for the opportunity to go out there and race under OneMain Financial's banner for the Dover race."
MOST POPULAR DRIVER: Sadler is eligible for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award. Fans can vote for Sadler now through November 17 on www.NASCARNationwideSeries.com.