Sadler Makes a Statement: The Ford EcoBoost 300 Review

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

jshaunburke had a great article live from Bristol, so I'll just stick to the facts this week.

Sadler has made a statement early in the season. He's showing that last year's second place run was no fluke. In fact, Sadler has now put everyone on notice that this is his championship to lose.

As Nationwide fans, we can't lose in this situation. We get to watch genuine nice guy Elliott Sadler take on younger up and coming drivers. Sadler is not running full time in Cup, nor will we see him race again in Cup this year unless another one race deal comes about. It's exactly what Nascar hoped we would see with having drivers declare for just one series.

We've also seen many races with less and less Cup drivers in them. This year alone we've also yet to see a Cup driver in Victory Lane. And let me tell you that's a great thing!

Results and Points after the Jump!

FIN STA Driver Team Laps Status
1 4 Elliott Sadler 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet 300 Running
2 12 Kasey Kahne 38 Great Clips Chevrolet 300 Running
3 7 Brad Keselowski 22 Lennox / Discount Tire Dodge 300 Running
4 1 Joey Logano 18 Turtle Beach / GameStop Toyota 300 Running
5 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 TaxSlayer / American Racing Chevrolet 300 Running
6 3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Blackwell Angus / Valvoline Ford 300 Running
7 10 Justin Allgaier 31 Brandt Chevrolet 300 Running
8 2 Trevor Bayne 60 / Crawdad's Classics Ford 300 Running
9 6 Kevin Harvick 33 Armour Chevrolet 300 Running
10 15 Ryan Truex 20 Grime Boss Toyota 300 Running
11 21 Michael Annett 43 Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Ford 300 Running
12 9 Austin Dillon 3 AdvoCare / American Ethanol Chevrolet 300 Running
13 23 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / Dodge Dealers Dodge 300 Running
14 11 James Buescher 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 299 Running
15 13 Mike Bliss 44 Bandit Toyota 299 Running
16 14 Cole Whitt 88 / TaxSlayer Chevrolet 299 Running
17 8 Kyle Busch 54 Monster Energy / Roadrunner Toyota 299 Running
18 18 Tayler Malsam 19 G-Oil Chevrolet 298 Running
19 27 Danica Patrick 7 / Tissot Chevrolet 298 Running
20 25 Jeremy Clements 51 / Mahle Chevrolet 297 Running
21 29 Erik Darnell 40 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 297 Running
22 36 Jamie Dick 23 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet 296 Running
23 37 Mike Wallace 01 G&K Services Chevrolet 296 Running
24 31 Benny Gordon 24 Kentucky Antler Chevrolet 294 Running
25 34 Jason Bowles 81 American Majority Dodge 293 Running
26 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt 15 Sam's Club / Met-Rx Ford 293 Running
27 40 Eric McClure 14 Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 292 Running
28 20 Kyle Fowler 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford 292 Running
29 24 Johanna Long 70 Foretravel / Biomet Chevrolet 291 Running
30 30 Joe Nemechek 87 AM FM Energy Toyota 291 Running
31 42 Kevin Lepage 28 JPO Absorbents Chevrolet 291 Running
32 41 Brad Teague 4 Scag Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 284 Running
33 17 Kenny Wallace 09 Mac Tools Toyota 201 Out of race
34 33 T.J. Bell 50 Turbine Powered Technology Chevrolet 186 Out of race
35 5 Brian Scott 11 Dollar General / Eveready Toyota 183 Out of race
36 38 Joey Gase 39 Go Green Racing Ford 123 Out of race
37 39 Tim Schendel 52 K&J Auto Sales / Meade Chevrolet 119 Out of race
38 19 Blake Koch 41 Ford 117 Out of race
39 43 J.J. Yeley 27 GC Motorsports International Ford 15 Start and Park
40 26 Chase Miller 46 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 7 Start and Park
41 22 Scott Speed 47 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 6 Start and Park
42 28 Jeff Green 10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 3 Start and Park
43 35 Josh Wise 42 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 3 Start and Park

Trevor Bayne had a great race, but it wasn't so great for Kenny Wallace. Neither are a lock to race next week. Look who's back in the title hunt, it's Ricky Stenhouse. He moves up to second in points. Here's how things look:

Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 2 Elliott Sadler (W2) One Main Financial Chevy Richard Childress Racing 178
2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (PC) (W1) Kelloggs Pop Tarts Ford Roush Fenway 153
3 60 Trevor Bayne Ford Roush Fenway 149
4 3 Austin Dillon ® Advocare/Bass Pro Shops Chevy Richard Childress Racing 148
5 88 Cole Whitt ® Hellmann's/TaxSlayer/Degree Chevy JR Motorsports 137
6 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Penske Racing 129
7 19 Tayler Malsam ® G-Oil Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 116
8 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 115
9 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy Turner Motorsports 113
10 44 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 92

We have just one more race to go before we move to 2012 Owner's points to see who is locked in. Here's the way things look heading into Auto Club:

This Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
28 4 Brad Teague Chevy JD Motorsports 72
29 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr (PC) (i) Chevy JR Motorsports 69
30 09 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers Toyota RAB Racing 67
31 08 Kyle Fowler Ford Randy Hill Racing 67
32 81 Jason Bowles ® PledgeToVote.Com Dodge MacDonald Motorsports 64
33 50 TJ Bell Eastbound and Down Chevy MAKE Motorsports 58

Well Nascar fans, join us later in the week for a preview of the fifth race of the Nationwide Schedule, Auto Club Speedway. Enjoy!

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