“Do not let anybody take this from you,” NASCAR Nationwide Series Elliott Sadler said were the words of advice he received from his father this past week. That could have been because Sadler felt like NASCAR took a win away from him at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend when he was black flagged for jumping a restart late in the race.
Nobody took a win away from him at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, as Sadler passed Justin Allgaier on lap 195 of the 250-lap U.S. Cellular 250 and drove on to his fourth win of the season.
“This win means a ton to me,” Sadler said in victory lane.
Allgaier held on to finish second after leading a race-high 101 laps.
“We were good early in a run and late in a run, but he just got out too far in front of me,” Allgaier said. “It’s just frustrating to run second when you can see those guys out in front.”
Sam Hornish finished third and claimed the last of four $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonuses to be handed out by series sponsor Nationwide Insurance this season.
Sadler started on the pole but lost the lead to Darrell Wallace Jr. on lap one. Wallace led for awhile before Austin Dillon got by him to take the top spot on lap 37. The yellow flag waved for a competition caution on lap 50, and Dillon and Sadler got off pit road first and second to restart on the front row.
Sadler took the lead on the restart, but by lap 61, Dillon was back up front. Both drivers lost several positions by taking four tires on pit road during the second caution of the race that came out on lap 90. Allgaier and Hornish, among others, took only two to get off pit road first and second.
Hornish lost a few spots after the restart as Sadler and Dillon worked their ways back toward the front, but Allgaier was able to hold on to the lead. Sadler climbed up to second by lap 107, but at that point, Allgaier had a lead of nearly three seconds.
Dillon worked his way up to third, but a tire issue forced an unscheduled pit stop on lap 138, dropping him off the lead lap.
Allgaier’s lead was erased by the third and final caution of the race that came out for debris on lap 172. But he began to pull away again when the race went back to green. A few laps later, Sadler began to reel Allgaier in and passed him for the lead on lap 195.
Allgaier maintained his spot in second, with Kurt Busch running a close third. But Busch fell off the pace with seven laps to go and headed down pit road, handing the third spot over to Hornish.
Michael Annett, a Des Moines native, finished fourth in his home state. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won the last three races at Iowa, rounded out the top-five.
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