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As if the temperatures at Chicagoland Speedway weren't hot enough on Saturday in preparation for Sunday's STP 300 Nationwide Series race, Elliott Sadler was even hotter, still seething over the wreck he had with series leader Regan Smith last week at New Hampshire.
"I'm still pissed about it and Regan knows that," Sadler said. "He knows where I stand, he took 100 percent of the blame (and) understood why I'm upset."
Smith called Sadler during the week to apologize about the wreck, fully taking the blame. Even team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached out to Sadler to try and make amends.
"It was a situation I felt I needed to call, even though it was not one of those calls you really don't want to make, when you say, 'Hey, I wrecked you. It's my fault. Sorry,' " Smith said. "You don't know how that call is going to go and what's going to take place.
"It was pretty obvious from the start that I took blame...
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JOLIET, IL — The NASCAR Nationwide series heads to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the STP 300, while both the Sprint Cup series and Camping World Truck series are off. The ARCA series joins the NNS cars this weekend at the track.
The Truck series races Wednesday at Eldora Speedway.
Below you will find the race weekend schedule at Chicagoland, including practice times, qualifying...
Sam Hornish Jr. is the fastest qualifier for Sunday's STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Hornish reached 178.341 mph in his No. 12 Ford. It was Hornish's first Nationwide pole since Watkins Glen last August.
Hornish was followed by defending race winner Elliott Sadler, whose fastest lap was 178.265 mph. Sadler won this race last year despite an illness.
Austin Dillon, Matt...
Elliott Sadler (fourth) was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Sadler started second and led a race-high 81 laps (of 200).
The finish was Sadler’s seventh top-five result of the season driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Camry drivers Brian Vickers (fifth) earned his eighth top-five finish of the year...
SMITH’S STRONG SEASON CONTINUES - Still atop the championship points battle by five markers over second place, Smith is tied with Sam Hornish Jr. for most top-10 finishes among Nationwide Series regulars with 13. Smith has also amassed 12 bonus points on the season. He is second in that category among series regulars.
SMITH AT SPEEDWAYS - Smith has notched eight top-10 finishes...
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Sam Hornish Jr. has been coming to Indianapolis for decades, since his mother went to the Indianapolis 500 when she was eight months pregnant.
This could be another special visit.
NASCAR makes its annual stop at one of racing's most historic tracks this weekend, with Hornish returning to town as the leader of the...
Sam Hornish Jr. has been coming to Indianapolis for a long time. His mother went to the Indianapolis 500 when she was eight months pregnant.
This could be another special visit.
NASCAR makes its annual stop at one of racing's most historic tracks this weekend, with Hornish returning to town as the leader of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He finished second at Chicagoland Speedway...
Regan Smith entered Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland with a five point lead over Sam Hornish in the point standings.
Following the completion of the STP 300 it is Hornish who now leads the Nationwide Series by six points.
RESULTS: Logano wins at Chicagoland, full race results
Unofficial Point Standings following STP 300 at Chicagoland
Regan Smith led the way with a lap of 30.690 seconds in the first practice for the STP 300 from Chicagoland. Rounding out the top five was Travis Pastrana, Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Dillon.
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