Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 Charter team will unload Chassis No. 502 from Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend. RCR acquired this Chevrolet in the merger with Kevin Harvick Inc., and the team refurbished the road-course specific chassis in the off-season.
Turning Left…and Right … Although Sadler’s Nationwide Series experience at Road America is limited to his fourth-place finish in 2011 at the track, the Emporia, Va., native is no stranger to the left and right turns of road courses. In addition to his one start at Road America, Sadler has made five other Nationwide Series starts at road courses including three starts at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, one at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal, Canada) and one at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico). Sadler also has 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course starts on his resume with 12 starts at both Watkins Glen and Sonoma (Calif.).
Welcome, Charter … This weekend the No. 2 Chevrolet will sport the Charter blue and green paint scheme at Road America. Charter, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States and a leading broadband communications company, announced this week the organization will also adorn several RCR entries throughout the 2012 season, including the Nos. 29 and 31 Sprint Cup Series Chevrolets, the Nos. 2 and 3 Nationwide Series Chevrolets and the Nos. 2 and 22 Chevrolets in the Camping World Truck Series.
Last Time By … Last season after three green-white-checkered attempts, Sadler saved enough fuel throughout the extended event to cross the finish line under caution in the fourth position at Road America in his first start at the 14-turn road course.
Just the Stats … According to NASCAR’s 2012 Loop Data Season-to-Date statistics, Sadler leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.5), Laps in the Top 15 (2,376) and Percentage of Laps Led (96.3). After 13 events in the Nationwide Series season, Sadler has earned two wins, two pole awards, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with 129 laps led.
To the Point … Sadler returned to the top of the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, sitting eight points ahead of RCR teammate Austin Dillon. The No. 2 team sits second in the owner championship point standings, 47 points behind the No. 18 team.
Race Rewind: Michigan … Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team led three laps and finished 11th in the Nationwide Series event at the newly-repaved Michigan International Speedway last Saturday.
The REAL Heroes … Throughout the summer the No. 2 team will participate in “The REAL Heroes” program with OneMain Financial, a campaign designed to salute the troops. This weekend the team will host a group from the Wounded Warriors Project at Road America. Fans also have a way to get involved and send thanks to the troops throughout social media outlets and at OneMain Financial branch appearances during that time. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com and utilize #OMRREALHeroes.
Seeing Pink … For the remainder of the season, Sadler will have a little more color to his outfit on race days. The Emporia, Va., native will sport pink driving shoes, showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sadler’s mother, Bell, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and is now a survivor.
Home Sweet Home … Ethan Marquardt, tire carrier on the No. 2 Charter Chevrolet, hails from nearby Merrill, Wis. The 29-year-old is serving his first year at RCR and currently resides in Mooresville, N.C.
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Road America? “I’m thrilled to get back to Road America. Last season was the first time that I ever competed at the course, and I had a great time. I spent a lot of time studying tapes from previous races to mentally prepare for the event. I was able to have Max Papis as a teammate last year and will be able to work with him again this season at RCR. I relied on his experience at Road America. I have a good record at road course events, and I think this is going to be a great race for the No. 2 Charter team.”