BRICKYARD RACING: In the second-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team are looking for redemption in the form of a victory at the famed Brickyard. Sadler has one Nationwide Series start at the 2.5-mile track in 2012, where he started fifth and finished 15th after NASCAR black-flagged him while leading the race. Sadler also has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the track, including one pole award, two top-five finishes and 76 laps led.
LAST TIME AROUND: The 2012 race at IMS served as the Nationwide Series inaugural event at the track. Starting from the fifth position, Sadler raced consistently in the top five for the majority of the event. A caution on lap 78 positioned Sadler in the second spot on the restart, lining up on the outside. At the drop of the green flag, Sadler moved into the lead, but was penalized by NASCAR as officials reported he crossed the start-finish line prior to the leader. He was forced to serve a pass-through penalty and returned to the field in the 24th position. Wasting little time, he regained as many positions as possible in the final 10 laps, crossing the finish line in 15th.
LAST RACE: Chicagoland: Starting from the outside pole position on Sunday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team looked to bounce back from a disappointing finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Holding strong in the top five for the early part of the race, Sadler was able to take the lead for the first time on lap 53, leading for a total of 81 laps throughout the event. On a lap 170, Sadler was shuffled back in the field reporting that the splitter was hitting the track hard. Unable to catch the leaders, the No. 11 Toyota crossed the finish line fourth.
LAST DASH 4 CASH: Sadler’s fourth-place finish at Chicagoland last Sunday helped him qualify for the final leg of the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash event at IMS. Along with Sam Hornish, Austin Dillon and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers, Sadler will compete for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finisher of the four drivers will receive the final award this weekend. Sadler won the first Dash 4 Cash event at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. For more information, visit www.nascar.com/Dash4Cash.
MEET SADLER: Sadler will host a community meet and greet on Friday at 2 p.m. at the OneMain Financial branch at 9719 E. Washington St., in Indianapolis. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Sadler, participate in giveaways and take photos with the No. 11 OneMain Financial show car. For more information, visit www.onemainracing.com. Sadler will also participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Pavilion.
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.
TO THE POINT: Sadler moved into the fourth position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 20 points behind the leader with 13 races remaining in the 2013 season.
Elliott Sadler Quotes: “Let me tell you, this is definitely a race that I have had in the back of my mind since last year. The last race at Indy was definitely a tough one to swallow, however, we are going to use that as fuel this season. We feel like a win was taken from us, and that will serve as motivation to get this OneMain Financial Toyota into Victory Lane this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To this day, I still think about that race. One of my favorite memories of my career was leading my first Sprint Cup Series lap at Indy. There is nothing like it; coming down the straightaway with fans on both sides of the track makes it loud and exciting for every driver. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team. We have fought through a lot of adversity this season already, but we keep pushing each and every weekend. I want these guys to be able to kiss the bricks this weekend.”
-OneMain Financial Racing PR