Sadler takes second, Dillon Dash 4 Cash bonus at Loudon

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All three Childress cars finished in the top-seven at Loudon.

Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon

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Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Kevin Harvick), third (Austin Dillon) and seventh (Elliott Sadler).

Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by three points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Justin Allgaier.

The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 29 points shy of the No. 18 car's lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.

Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.

Austin Dillon won the $100,000 NASCAR Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus, defeating Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Annett. Both Dillon and Sadler qualified for the next Dash 4 Cash race and an additional $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland Speedway on July 22.

According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Harvick and Dillon ranked second and third, respectively, in Average Running Position, with an average of 3.190 (Harvick) and 3.945 (Dillon).

Harvick earned the second-highest Driver Rating (126.4) and ranked second in NASCAR Loop Data categories for Fastest Drivers Late in a Run, Fastest Laps Run, Fastest on Restarts and Green Flag Speed.

Dillon leads the series in top five finishes (10) and top 10 finishes (13) through the 17 races contested so far this season.

Dillon and Sadler led the field in Green Flag Passes and Quality Passes with 19 each.

Brad Keselowski earned his second Nationwide Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Harvick, Dillon, Sam Hornish and Stenhouse.

Elliott Sadler Posts Top-10 Finish at the Magic Mile of New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team notched a seventh-place finish Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Beginning the F.W. Webb 200 from the seventh position, Sadler reported the OneMain Financial Chevrolet was tight coming to the gas off the turns. Debris brought out the first caution period of the day on lap 38, and crew chief Luke Lambert called for a two-tire pit stop to alleviate the tight-handling condition. The quick stop moved the team up four positions on the track, lining up the No. 2 Chevrolet fourth for the restart. As the race continued, Sadler still battled a tight-handling condition and made several scheduled pit stops to alleviate the problem, falling back to 15th by lap 94. As the Richard Childress Racing driver worked his way to the ninth position, another caution slowed the field on lap 149. In a final attempt to help the tight-handling car, Lambert called Sadler down pit road for a final four-tire pit stop. Restarting in the14th position on lap 154, the Emporia, Va., native began picking off positions and worked his way into eighth in 10 laps. Sadler continued to push to the front and moved the No. 2 Chevrolet into the seventh position, where he would cross the finish line, bringing the team's 13th top-10 finish of the season. Sadler remains atop the Nationwide Series point standings, three points ahead of RCR teammate Austin Dillon.

Start - 7 Finish - 7 Laps Led - 0 Points - 1

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE: "We battled a pretty tight condition all day. The OneMain Financial guys never gave up, and we had great pit stops throughout the race. There is still so many races left in this season, and there is still a lot of work to do. I'm glad to have another chance next week at Chicagoland to win the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash."

Third-Place Finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Earns Austin Dillon $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Bonus

Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a third-place finish in the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, marking the team's 10th top-five finish of the 2012 season. By besting the performances of fellow Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash competitors Ricky Stenhouse, Elliott Sadler and Michael Annett, Dillon earned a $100,000 bonus and qualified for the next Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon started the 200-lap race from the 12th position and immediately advanced his track position, climbing to the sixth position before a lap-36 caution provided the Sunoco Rookie an opportunity to pit. By taking right-side tires and fuel instead of the four-tire stop implemented by many of their competitors, the AdvoCare team gained five positions on pit road and Dillon was scored as the race leader when green-flag racing resumed at lap 41. The No.3 Chevrolet proved strong contender for the remainder of the 200-lap race as Dillon hovered in the top five, leading the Dash 4 Cash competitors until Stenhouse made a pass on Dillon for the fourth position with 40 laps remaining. Dillon hung back until he could get a run on Stenhouse and regained the position 10 laps later, ultimately posting a third-place finish. Dillon remains second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, three markers shy of RCR teammate Sadler's lead.

Start - 12 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 1 Points - 2

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE: "Winning our first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway was our number one moment of the year, but this finish and winning the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus is a very close second. We had a heck of a battle there and I think it really showed how deep this team can dig. We came to this race without our crew chief and without our car chief, but still set up a great race car and had it ready for the race. We started 12th and advanced our position quickly. That was a great call by our interim crew chief, Gil Martin, to take two tires. The Dash 4 Cash racing was awesome. Ricky Stenhouse got up there near the end and had a good restart. I had a good restart but I just couldn't get going on the bottom. They hung me down. I kept working and working and working and I gave it my all. We're looking forward to Chicago next weekend to keep this momentum going."

Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Barber Foods Team Finish Second In Nationwide Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Barber Foods team finished second after battling handling issues and lapped traffic during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Bakersfield, Calif., native started the 200-lap event from the fourth position and quickly reported the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was too tight in the corners of the 1.058-mile track. The team worked on the car's handling during their first scheduled pit stop on lap 82 taking four tires, fuel and making chassis and air pressure adjustments. Back on the track, Harvick maintained a position within the top 10 but reported the Barber Foods Chevrolet became increasingly loose during the long green-flag run that followed. Throughout the course of multiple scheduled two and four-tire pit stops, the team found the right combination of adjustments for their driver, allowing Harvick to move toward the front of the field, taking over the lead on lap 155. As the final laps wound down, the two-time Nationwide Series champion continued to increase his lead over the field until interference from lapped traffic slowed his pace, allowing the No. 22 car to move around him with 21 laps remaining. With the remainder of the race run under green-flag conditions, Harvick was unable to regain the lead and ultimately crossed the finish line in the second position.

Start - 4 Finish - 2 Laps Led - 24 Owner's Points - 5

KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE: "I'm really proud of the No. 33 Barber Foods team and the effort they put in today. We had a great car and a great chance at winning this race. I hate that a car that was many laps down to the leader cost us track position at the end, but that's racing."

Source: Richard Childress Racing

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