HEADING FOR THE IRISH HILLS: The No. 11 OneMain Financial team and Elliott Sadler travel to the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Mich., to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Michigan International Speedway. Sadler has eight Nationwide Series starts at the two-mile track, with four top-10 finishes and 10 laps led. Sadler brings experience from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 24 starts at the track, including one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He also competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in 2010 where he finished ninth.
LAST TIME AROUND: In the June 2012 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Sadler started from the sixth position and spent most of the 125-lap event toward the front of the field. On the final restart for a four-lap shootout, Sadler was shuffled back to finish 11th.
TO THE POINT: Sadler moved up two positions to fifth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 60 points behind the leader with 20 races remaining in the 2013 season.
LAST RACE: Iowa: After rain showers delayed the start of the race at Iowa Speedway from Saturday night to Sunday morning, Sadler started from the seventh position for the 250-lap race. The OneMain Financial team continued to work on a loose-handling condition as another rain shower halted green-flag conditions. Getting back to green after track officials dried the track, Sadler worked his way to the third position where he crossed the finish line.
THINK PINK: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education.
MEET SADLER: Sadler will participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 4:15 p.m. local time in the Budweiser Acceleration Club located outside turn four.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: Sadler will spend Father’s Day with his two children, Wyatt and Austyn, and his father Herman. “I love that NASCAR is such a family-oriented sport. Without my father, I wouldn’t be the man I am today, or I wouldn’t be where I am in my career. He sacrificed so much for my brother Hermie and I growing up so we could pursue our dreams of racing. Having children myself, I appreciate my father even more. It definitely changes your life. I am excited to spend this Father’s Day with my two kids, because there is nothing like spending time with your children and your wife after a long weekend at the track.”
Elliott Sadler Quotes: “I always really look forward to the Nationwide Series race at Michigan. It’s a fun track, and it’s a pretty quick race with only 125 laps, giving everyone a real sense of urgency. We had a great race at Iowa last weekend, and this OneMain Financial team is looking to build off the momentum from our third-place finish at Iowa Speedway.”
-OneMain Racing PR