THE TAR HEEL STATE: Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team head down the street from the Huntersville, N.C.-based Joe Gibbs Racing facility to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300. Sadler has 12 Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, with one pole award, four top-five and five top-10 finishes, as well as 16 laps led. The veteran driver also has NASCAR Sprint Cup Series experience at the track with 25 starts, one pole award, one top-five and three top-10 finishes, as well as 192 laps led. He made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2010, where he start fourth, finished fifth and led 31 laps.
SEEING STARS: This weekend the OneMain Financial Toyota will sport a special paint scheme to support the NASCAR Unites – An American Salute program. The No. 11 will have a special red, white and blue paint scheme with stars along the side skirt, as well as a special Nationwide Series windshield application.
SUPPORTING THE REAL HEROES: Along with the special paint scheme this weekend, the OneMain Financial team kick off “The Real Heroes” program this weekend. Throughout the summer, the No. 11 team will host military members and their families at Nationwide Series races throughout the summer. Fans will also have the opportunity to send their thanks to the troops at participating OneMain Financial branches, and through social media.
LAST TIME AROUND: In the May 2012 running of the History 300, Sadler spent most of the 200-lap event running in the top 10. Late in the race, Sadler was blocked by a competitor in his pit stall, losing 10 spots for the restart. The Emporia, Va., driver methodically worked his way back toward the front, earning a fifth-place finish.
JUST THE STATS: According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Data statistics, Sadler ranks the following categories: third in Fastest Drivers Early in a Run category, with an average rank of 6.3; second in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run category, with an average rank of 7.0; and second in Green Flag Speed. Sadler also sits in the third spot for Quality Passes (451).
TO THE POINT: Sadler moved up two positions to third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 42 points behind the leader with 23 races remaining in the 2013 season.
MEET SADLER: Fans have two opportunities to meet Sadler throughout the race week around the Charlotte area. On Friday, May 23, Sadler will make an appearance at the OneMain Financial branch at 1096 Concord Pkwy in Concord, NC at 2 p.m. He will also sign autographs at the OneMain Financial booth at Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte at 3 p.m. Wristbands will be handed out at noon on Friday for the Speed Street appearance. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com
LAST RACE: Darlington: Competing at the historic Darlington Raceway, Sadler and the No. 11 team qualified on the outside pole for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. Competing toward the front early in the event, Sadler fought a loose-handling car, and spun down the track by himself on lap 49. He was able to control the car so that he did not hit the wall or cause damage to the No. 11 Toyota. Sadler recovered quickly, and fought his way back up to the second position, where he would take the checkered flag.
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. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS: OneMain Financial will host Customer Appreciation Days from May 17-31, celebrating customers at branches nationwide. For more information and to find a branch near you, visit www.OneMainFinancial.com/Sadler
RACE INFO: The History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be on ABC at 2:30 p.m. E.T., on Saturday, May 25, as well as PRN and SIRIUSXM 90.
Elliott Sadler Quotes: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This OneMain Financial team has a lot of momentum coming off our second-place finish at Darlington Raceway. We have a full-day of Nationwide Series testing on Wednesday at Charlotte, so we have a few things we are going to work on for the weekend. It’s always a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The teams and the track do such a good job of inviting military members and their families, and celebrating the troops abroad all weekend long. It’s a great weekend as an American and as a race fan to remember what our military does to keep us safe. With OneMain Financial, we are going to be celebrating the military members all summer, because those are the real heroes in our country. The ones that sacrifice their time, and their life, for our freedom.”