Sadler focused on the bigger picture

Image by NASCAR via Getty Images
Elliott Sadler celebrates his only win thus far of 2014 at Talladega Superspeedway in May.

By Kenneth Ferguson
August 28, 2014



When NASCAR Nationwide championship contender Elliott Sadler was involved in a two-car accident at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night with part-time driver Timmy Hill, it would be only the first of several incidents involving Sadler in what would be a night to forget.

Bristol, dubbed "his dream track" by commentator Allen Bestwick, Sadler’s race became a nightmare.

Sadler, who was involved in two more incidents throughout the night, would finish the race in the 29th position, 39 laps down.

The 39-year-old veteran fell from third to fourth in overall points, losing 26 points to rookie point leader Chase Elliott.

But with this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sadler will be playing catch up at a track where he’s only scored one top-five finish.

“At this moment, we have exactly ten races left on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule,” Sadler said. “This past weekend, running up front, I thought for sure this was our weekend to bring home a strong finish and start to pull away from the top drivers in the championship point standings. Unfortunately, luck just wasn’t on our side Friday night.

Elliott Sadler

Sadler, who has finished a career-high second in Nationwide points twice, hopes to get the most out of his run at Atlanta and beyond.

“Now a few more points back from where we wanted to be, we only have one option, and that is to capitalize on every opportunity we get in the remaining races and make it a real battle for the championship,” Sadler said.