First road course race of the year for NASCAR Nationwide series
Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team head to Road America for the first road course race of the season to compete around the four-mile, 14-turn road circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI. In three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Road America, Sadler has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
After 13 races in the 2014 season, Sadler is currently in second place in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 14 points back from the lead. The Emporia, Va., native has one win, one pole award, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Last week, Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team experienced bad luck toward the end of the race at Michigan International Speedway. Running in second place, a food wrapper landed on the grill of the race car with 25 laps to go. The engine began to overheat, forcing Sadler to make an unscheduled stop. Restarting in the 23rd position, Sadler was able to pick off a few spots to finish 17th. Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team are ready and determined to move on and make up for lost ground at Road America.
"I really like racing at Road America," Sadler said. "I enjoy the opportunity to get away from the same oval racing each weekend and challenge myself on a road course. It's fun to go through the gears, slide into the turns and turn right, which we rarely do during the season. People ask me, 'What is the best road course advice I've received?' My answer? You have to stay on the track. I was told that simple line early in my career, but it makes perfect sense. Be smart, stay out of potential trouble situations, stay on the track and you'll have the best chance to compete for the win on a road course. I'm really looking forward to this race weekend, and I hope my road course experience will shine on Saturday afternoon."