Chicagoland: Elliot Sadler race report

SADLER FINISHES 21ST AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill - Elliott Sadler expected a hot Chicago night but his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start was brutal. With temperatures of over 95 degrees and 95 percent humidity, Sadler piloted his No. 9 Auto...

SADLER FINISHES 21ST AT CHICAGOLAND

JOLIET, Ill - Elliott Sadler expected a hot Chicago night but his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start was brutal. With temperatures of over 95 degrees and 95 percent humidity, Sadler piloted his No. 9 Auto Value Dodge in the first night race at Chicagoland Speedway.

After clicking off a lap that was 12th fastest during Thursday's lone practice session, the Emporia, Va. native returned to the track on Friday and qualified 16th with a lap of 31.072.

The green flag dropped under twilight-lit skies in Joliet with Sadler hoping for his sixth career series win.

After 40 laps, Sadler found himself running 17th, the very position he would be in prior to making a green flag pit stop on lap 48 for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. Unfortunately, the caution flag came out on lap 53, just after Sadler pitted, thus trapping the Auto Value team a lap down to the race leaders.

Sadler avoided losing a second lap when, on lap 60, another caution flag flew. He took the opportunistic caution period to put on four new tires and received an air pressure adjustment in addition to added fuel.

Running 23rd 70 laps into the 200-lap contest, Sadler and team director Kirk Almquist searched for a proper balance of the car's handling. A caution on lap 87 allowed for tires, fuel, and another adjustment to the chassis of the Auto Value Dodge. Sadler was in 23rd at the halfway mark.

During a 71-lap green flag stretch, Sadler went a second lap down.

After pitting on lap 147, Almquist and crew took notice of a small piece of debris on the grill of the car. Fortunately, all worries of over-heating ended when the debris fell off during the race's final green flag run to the finish.

Sadler finished 21st, three laps down off the lead pace.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elliott Sadler