The next-to-last race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season was where it all unraveled for Elliott Sadler last year. This season, the penultimate event could be a different story.
Sadler's renewed quest for a first NASCAR national series championship enters another turning point this weekend in Saturday's Great Clips 200 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Phoenix International Raceway. The points couldn't be any closer, as he enters the race in a dead heat atop the standings with defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Last season, Sadler came into Phoenix facing a 17-point deficit behind Stenhouse, but a multi-car crash triggered by Jason Leffler with 23 laps to go effectively derailed his title shot. Sadler was able to reverse some of the sour taste by winning at the mile track earlier this season, an accomplishment he hopes bodes well for Saturday's 200-miler.
"With two races left in the season, there is still a lot to be decided with this championship," Sadl...