Eillott Sadler Wins the Ford EcoBoost 300 from Bristol
Elliott Sadler led 35 laps to win the Ford EcoBoost 300 from Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sadler has won two of the four races run so far this season. He went winless all of last season. Sadler's crew chief Luke Lambert made the call to not pit on the last caution, and that call is what propelled Sadler to the win. He restarted in the lead with Kasey Kahne next to him. He jumped out to a large lead on the restart and held it. He beat Kahne by 1.1 seconds.
Sadler has been in running the Nationwide Series or the Cup Series since 1998. His first NNS win came at Bristol in 1998, and his first Cup win came at Bristol as well in 2001. But today was the first time in Sadler's career that he won with his parents in attendance.
Joey Logano dominated most of the race. He started and pole and led 119 of the 300 laps, but faded to a fourth-place finish.
Tennessee native Trevor Bayne led 64 laps but faded to eighth on the final two runs. Bayne wasn't even supposed to run this race due to a lack of sponsorship, but the team found a sponsor on Wednesday.
The most dominant driver in any level at Bristol lately has been Kyle Busch. Busch has struggled to start this season, since he is running for his own team rather than Joe Gibbs Racing. It was expected that if Busch was to turn his season around anywhere, it would be in Bristol. He marched to the front early and led 40 laps, but had to pit under green midway through the race due to a loose wheel. He made his way back into the top-10, but spun out with about 40 laps left. He finished 17th, one lap down.
Ryan Truex made his second start of the season today, but first with Joe Gibbs Racing and he was able to get a top-10 finish. He had trouble early on when he got caught speeding on pit road, but he managed to race his way back to the front near the end.
Four races into the season and each race has been won by someone other than a Sprint Cup Series regular. It's the first time since 1995 that the first four races weren't won by a Cup regular.
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