Elliott Sadler still feels that NASCAR took a win away from him last week at Indianapolis when he was black-flagged while leading with just under 20 laps remaining. Sadler said that ruling could take the championship away from him. He only left Indy with a one point lead over Austin Dillon.
So he came to Iowa Speedway on a mission to prove he could still win this championship and to win the race to make up for last week. And that's exactly what he did. He led 60 of the 250 laps en route to the win, his fourth of the season.
Sadler let his true feelings shine through on the radio as he took the checkered flag yelling, "They will not take this championship from me!"
Sadler had to beat Justin Allgaier to get the win. Allgaier led the most laps with 101 on the night. He looked to have the best car of the race, but Sadler was able to catch and pass Allgaier with about 30 laps remaining.
Kurt Busch also had a fast car, running in the top-five most of the night after starting 15th. But with five laps remaining Busch had a right front tire go flat and the right front wheel-well went on fire. Busch had to settle for a 17th place finish.
Two NASCAR K&N Pro East Series drivers was represented well tonight by Darrell Wallace Jr. making his second career Nationwide Series start, and by Brett Moffitt (points leader in the K&N East Series) who made his NNS debut. The two battled with each other most of the night, just like how they would at a K&N East Series race. But in the end it was Wallace who would get the upper hand on Moffitt. Wallace Jr. finished seventh after starting second, and Moffitt finished ninth, one spot better than where he started.
Danica Patrick had a strong run, finishing in 11th after starting the race in 18th. She hit the wall on the exit of turn four near the end of the race, but didn't do much damage to the car. It was a good rebound for Patrick after she crashed hard at Indianapolis last week.
Patrick's female counterpart Johanna Long also had a strong run. Long qualified 14th and finished one spot better in 13th.
Dash For Cash:
Sam Hornish Jr won the Nationwide Dash For Cash program this week, winning an additional $100,000 for himself, and for a fan named Tammy Altieri.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr.