Elliott Sadler crashes at Bristol; maintains point lead


By Matt Courson
April 13, 2018


BRISTOL, Tenn.—Elliott Sadler finished fourth after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 59 Saturday in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.


While exiting the second turn, Justin Allgaier made contact with Matt Tifft, sending Tifft spinning toward the inside wall.


Sadler checked up to avoid the incident, but the No. 42 of John Hunter Nemechek did not slow and ended up spinning Sadler into the outside wall.


While the caution flag was displayed, Sadler turned down into Nemechek to show displeasure and Nemechek ran into the back of Sadler in return.


“He ran into the back of us,” Sadler said. “He seems to run into a lot of people all the time.

“I know that’s how he drives in the Truck Series, but if he drives like that in the XFINITY Series, I don’t think that’s going to work out too well for him.”


John Hunter Nemechek was not available for comment.


On lap 168, Sadler apparently got loose and made contact with Cole Custer. However, both drivers were able to escape without incident.


The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet was unable to acquire any stage points throughout the 300-lap event.


Sadler fought all the way back to the front, ultimately netting his fourth consecutive top-five finish at Bristol. He continues to lead the driver’s standings in the XFINITY Series by six points over Daniel Hemric.


The Virginia-native has not finished outside of the top 10 this season.


“It’s times like this, we battle through adversity for your team, and you make the most of it,” Sadler said. “It’s good to have the points lead heading to Richmond.”


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