Sadler speaks about ‘hardest’ championship loss

By Daniel Courson
November 20, 2016

HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Elliott Sadler was only two positions on the away from winning his first NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sadler finished third to race and championship winner Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon in the Ford EcoBoost 300.

After a skid with the wall and running outside the top-ten, the final caution period of the race presented the opportunity for Sadler to gain ground on the other championship contenders.

Leaders Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, and Erik Jones came to pit road for four tires, while Sadler took two tires, gaining ten spots on pit road.

“The guys made a great call putting me in that position,” Sadler said post-race.

Cole Whitt elected to stay out, forcing Sadler to restart second.

Whitt, who lead the field to the green flag with four laps to go, held back championship contenders Allgaier and Jones on his restart, allowing Sadler to lead a lap. Eventual race winner Suarez passed Sadler on lap 197 to win.

Sadler was asked in the media center if this was the hardest loss.

“This is by far the hardest because this is probably the best team I've had,” he said.

This is Sadler's third runner-up position in the XFINITY Series Championship. He was also runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

Will Elliott Sadler make the Round of 4 again next season?