HEADING TO THE MAGIC MILE: Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the New England 200. The team will take to the 1.058-mile track for the first time this season in efforts to score the team’s first victory.
WELL SEASONED AT LOUDON: In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sadler has one top-five finish with 21 laps led. The Emporia, Va., native has a highest finishing position in a Nationwide car in 2008 with a fifth-place finish. Sadler also has 24 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire with one top-five and six top-10 finishes and 41 laps led with a best finish of third in 2005.
KHI AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: KHI has a total of eight Nationwide Series starts at the Loudon, N.H., track. Tony Stewart and team co-owner Kevin Harvick both placed fourth, serving as the highest-finishing KHI cars at the track. Stewart raced his way into the top five in June 2007, and Harvick followed suit in 2008. The organization is looking for their first win at the 1.058-mile track this weekend.
POINTS LEADER: Sadler regained the Driver’s Point lead after the strong finish at Kentucky Speedway. This is the fourth time this season that Sadler has held the lead, now four points over second-place Reed Sorenson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits 27 points back and Justin Allgaier 43. With 15 races left in the season, the No. 2 OneMain Financial team looks to continue working toward the goal of winning the series championship.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 OneMain Financial team will unload chassis No. 068 in Loudon this weekend. The team has competed with No. 068 three times already this season, with a best finish of fourth at Richmond International Raceway in April. The team also took this chassis to Phoenix International Raceway in February and raced to a 12th-place finish and Iowa Speedway in May, where the team earned a fifth-place finish.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last Friday night at Kentucky Speedway Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team scored their ninth top-five finish of the season and returned to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver’s Point lead. Sadler began the race with the pole award in the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, but as the green flag dropped, the driver had to fight through adversity and survive the fuel-mileage battle in his efforts to a fifth-place finish.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Elliott Sadler
How do you feel heading into this week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
“New Hampshire has been a really great track for me statistically in the past. It’s all about track position there. It’s a pretty hard place to pass, so we have to be good on pit road. The race is kind of short, so a lot of pit strategy will come into play. You will see a lot of two tires, fuel only stops to utilize the best strategy throughout the course of the race to end up front at the finish of the race. We have a really great setup on our OneMain Financial Chevrolet, and it’s the same car that we ran so well with at Richmond International Raceway and Iowa Speedway. That car has two top-five finishes already this year, and we have tweaked and worked on it to make it better for this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is definitely a track that I feel we will have a strong run at.”
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