ON TO THE HAWKEYE STATE: Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Impala will head to Iowa Speedway for the second time this season. In the first event, Sadler qualified the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Chevrolet in the sixth position and brought home a fifth-place finish.
KHI AT IOWA: KHI has made a total of four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the Newton, Iowa track. The organization has notched two top-five and three top-10 finishes, with a best finish of second in 2010, earned by team co-owner Kevin Harvick.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 OneMain Financial team will bring chassis No. 068 to Iowa Speedway this weekend. This is the fifth time the team has run the chassis this season, including the first race at Iowa Speedway in May. Sadler has two top-five finishes this season with this chassis, including a fourth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway and a fifth-place finish at Iowa. He also competed with chassis No. 068 at Phoenix International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
SPECIAL GUEST: The No. 2 team will have a special guest at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Carla Priest, the OneMain Financial Branch Manager in Joplin, Mo., and her staff spent endless hours volunteering to help the people of her town rebuild after the devastating tornado hit the city of 50,000 in May. Priest led efforts with the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and several other organizations.
MEET ELLIOTT SADLER: Fans have the opportunity to meet Sadler at the Altoona, Iowa OneMain Financial branch on Friday, August 5. Sadler will be signing autographs and meeting fans from noon until 1 p.m. at 3418 8th St. SW, Altoona, Iowa 50009.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet team battled from the back of the field after an incident during qualifying to contend for the win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on Saturday night. A lap-199 incident relegated the KHI No. 2 to a 16th-place finish.
TO THE POINT: Sadler remains in the third position in the Nationwide Series Driver’s Point Standings, 24 points from leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and 21 points from second-place Reed Sorenson. The tight race to the championship continues this week at Iowa Speedway with 13 events left on the 2011 schedule.
MOST POPULAR DRIVER: Sadler is eligible for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award. Fans can vote for Sadler now through November 17 on NASCARNationwideSeries.com.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
How do you feel heading into this week’s race at Iowa Speedway?
“Iowa is a really unique race track. It’s similar to Richmond International Raceway, but it has a little longer straightaways, which gives the track more of a speedway feel. It’s a bumpy race track, but we were able to take to it right away in May because of my experience with short tracks. One of the best races that we had this season was at Iowa, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
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