Sadler head to the first road course race of season at Road America

Elliott Sadler holds onto the fifth position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.

RACING IN THE BADGER STATE: This weekend, the OneMain Financial team and Elliott Sadler head to the first road course race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Road America.

Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler

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Sadler has two Nationwide Series starts at the Elkhart, Wisc., track, with one top five finish.

The driver, however, is no stranger to road courses with seven other Nationwide Series starts at road courses including four starts at Watkins Glen International, two at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal, Canada) and one at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico). Sadler also has 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course starts on his resume with 12 starts at both Watkins Glen and Sonoma Raceway.

LAST TIME AROUND: Last season at Road America, Sadler started from the 13th position and worked his way into the top-five by the halfway point. While battling several cars for track position, Sadler was turned on the track. Although he received minimal damage, he fell back to 27th. Sadler maneuvered his way through the field for the final 10 laps, crossing the finish line 15th.

SUPPORTING THE REAL HEROES: The OneMain Financial team will continue to support the troops while in Road America with the Real Heroes Program. The No. 11 team will host a group of Wounded Warriors this weekend at the track. Fans will also have the opportunity to send thanks to the troops at participating OneMain Financial branches, and through social media.

TO THE POINT: Sadler holds onto the fifth position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 71 points behind the leader with 19 races remaining in the 2013 season.

LAST RACE: Michigan: At Michigan International Speedway, Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team started from the 19th position and steadily worked their way through the field. With rain looming in the area, the team opted not to pit around the halfway point of the race. As rain continued to hold off, the team was forced to come down pit road to top off with fuel and add four fresh tires. Sadler moved his way from 12th to eighth in the remaining laps, where he would notch his seventh top-10 finish of the season.

AUCTION IS LIVE: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. An auction is now live until July 11 for a pair of race-used shoes and a pair of Sadler's pink and white driving gloves.

Elliott Sadler: "I always love coming to Road America. I think we always run pretty well at road courses, and I really love seeing all of the fans that come out in Wisconsin for this race. Having two races under my belt at Road America, I feel that I have a much better understanding of what I need as a driver to be fast here. I think this OneMain Financial team is up for the challenge of this first road course so we can go there and have a really successful race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Elliott Sadler
Article type Preview
Tags nascar-ns, road america, sadler, toyota