BRISTOL, Tenn. - It's hard to believe at the beginning of the 2012 Nationwide season, that Elliott Sadler was coming off a winless season. On a gutsy pit call, Sadler stayed out when all the leader pitted with 33 laps to go and held off Kasey Kahne to win his second race out of four in the 2012 Nationwide season. It was also Sadler's second career win at Bristol, with his first coming in this race in 1998.
For much of the race, the focus wasn't on Sadler but on a duo of Fords and Toyotas. After starting the race on the pole, Joey Logano led until lap 66 when his Sprint Cup teammate Kyle Busch passed him. Busch then led until lap 106 when he lost the lead back to Logano. After Sam Hornish, Jr. spun on lap 157, Logano pitted and relinquished the lead to Trevor Bayne. Bayne led for 64 laps before giving the lead to his Roush Racing teammate, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
After finishing eigth, Bayne reflected on his finish: "It was really fun. To not be coming here for these guys to build me that fast of a race car. I thought we had something for them." Said Bayne. "I got too loose at the end on the right sides. We took the left sides and that freed the car up more. It was a bad situation to be in."
Bayne also expressed how fun it was to race with his teammate and friend, Stenhouse. "It is good for us to be battling like that for the lead. Jack's got two stout teams here running hard and two drivers that hopefully are the future for this company." Bayne continues "Ricky and I push each other hard and we did both lead laps and hopefully he is proud of that.
Behind Sadler and Kahne were Brad Keselowski in third, Logano in fourth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in fifth. Sadler now leads Stenhouse by 25 points in the points standings.
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