Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team finished second at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. The Richard Childress Racing team kicked off the weekend scoring the pole award, their third of the 2012 season. Sadler led the field to the green flag at the 0.875-mile track, but was shuffled back in traffic to the fifth position early in the race.
Sadler reported to the Luke Lambert-led crew that he was battling a tight-handling condition on the No. 2 Chevrolet, and the OneMain Financial team continued to make adjustments throughout several routine pit stops in an effort to loosen the handling. Sadler ran in the top five for the entire race, moving his way into the lead on lap 120, but fell back to the third position as he tried to conserve his right-side tires. By lap 201, Sadler settled into second place and did not relinquish the position until the checkered flag was displayed, notching his fifth top-five finish of the season. Sadler remains in the second position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 28 points behind the leader.
Start – 1 Finish – 2 Laps Led – 2 Points – 2
ELLIOTT SADLER: “Last week at Darlington Raceway was definitely tough, but I am so proud of my guys. We came back and sat on the pole and worked all race to make the OneMain Financial Chevrolet better. It was pretty good there at the end. I wish that we could have pulled off the victory today, but I am so proud of this team. We are hoping this is the momentum that we need to head into Charlotte (Motor Speedway) next weekend.”