Sadler ready for the '200 Mph chess game' at Talladega Superspeedway

Elliott Sadler: "I think this OneMain Financial team is ready to get to Victory Lane."

Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team head to Alabama to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

Elliott Sadler, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Elliott Sadler, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Sadler has four Nationwide Series starts at the 2.66-mile track, with one top-five and two top-10 finishes with 16 laps led.

He has one pole award (2011) and started from the pole position in 2012 after rain cancelled qualifying. The veteran driver also has 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway with three pole awards, one top-five and four top-10 finishes and 124 laps led.

In 2012, rain forced NASCAR officials to cancel qualifying, and Sadler lined up in the pole position as the field was set based on owners point standings.

Throughout the race, Sadler battled rising water temperature, and was involved in an incident during the first attempt of a green-white-checkered finish.

The team quickly repaired the car, and Sadler moved from 20th to 10th on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Data statistics, Sadler ranks in the following categories: third in Fastest Drivers Early in a Run category, with an average rank of 6.0; second in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run category, with an average rank of 5.833; and second in Green Flag Speed. Sadler also sits in the third spot for Quality Passes (329).

Elliott Sadler: "The race at Talladega is always a wild-card race. There's only so much you can do to prepare, because you have to be smart, but you also have you have to lucky. I say that Talladega is a "200-mph chess game."

You definitely mentally prepare differently in superspeedway races, especially running both the Cup and the Nationwide Series cars.

Both cars are very, very different, so you have to work really hard to focus on the task at hand. I think this OneMain Financial team is ready to get to Victory Lane, and we are going to everything we can to get there this weekend."

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Drivers Eric Gilbert , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Childress Racing
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Tags nascar-ns, sadler, talladega, toyota