Elliot Sadler Wins the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway
Sadler Earns his Third Win of the Season and a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash Bonus
Joliet, Ill. – July 22, 2012 – Elliott Sadler battled a stomach virus and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on a green-white-checker restart to win Sunday’s STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Sadler was also awarded a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus finishing ahead of fellow qualifiers Stenhouse Jr., Dillon and Hornish Jr.
Sadler was adamant about driving in the STP 300 after being sick most of the week, and told team owner Richard Childress a replacement driver was not an option.
"I told Richard yesterday, I was like, `I can handle this,''' said Sadler. “It was a big-time pride thing today to stay in the car and do what I felt like I needed to do to be competitive,'' Sadler said.
With eight laps remaining, Sam Hornish Jr. bumped Kyle Busch who crashed into Brendan Gaughan setting up the final restart. Riverton, Ill. native, Justin Allgaier, finished third, and ultimately gave Sadler the push for the win.
"I knew if I could time it just right and push him out, maybe we could race for the win,'' Allgaier said."We did that, and just lost a little bit of momentum in (Turns) 1 and 2, and that's what allowed Ricky to really get a run on the outside. But all in all, just a great day for us.''
Stenhouse Jr., who had the strongest car throughout the day, was frustrated with the second place finish.
"I feel like the 31 (Allgaier) just pushed the 2 (Sadler) so far out there, there wasn't anything I could do,'' Stenhouse said.
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