Sadler finally returns to Victory Lane: The Bashas Supermarket 200 Review

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 03: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

It may be a season late, but Elliott Sadler has finally won a Nationwide Race. Sadler hasn't won in the Nationwide Series since 1998. Last year Sadler had 12 top 5s, but never crossed the line first. What's more, Sadler is the points leader. He has 10 points on Rookie leader Austin Dillon.

Ricky Stenhouse followed up his crash at Daytona with a third place finish and has leaped to fifth in points. While it looks like Sadler and Stenhouse will be the two main contenders for the Championship, Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne have the chance to turn a strong start to the season into a long championship run.

Results and more after the Jump!

FIN ST CAR DRIVER SPONSOR MAKE LAPS STATUS
1 8 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 200 Running
2 7 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 200 Running
3 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing 25th Anniversary Ford 200 Running
4 9 3 Austin Dillon * AdvoCare Chevrolet 200 Running
5 12 33 Kevin Harvick South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 200 Running
6 6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 200 Running
7 5 60 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford 200 Running
8 10 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 200 Running
9 1 18 Denny Hamlin GameStop Toyota 200 Running
10 21 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Ford 200 Running
11 14 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 200 Running
12 25 30 James Buescher ABF Freight Chevrolet 200 Running
13 17 88 Cole Whitt * TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 200 Running
14 11 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 200 Running
15 13 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 200 Running
16 19 44 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 200 Running
17 22 08 Casey Roderick * Randy Hill Racing Ford 200 Running
18 4 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 198 Running
19 18 81 Jason Bowles * American Majority Dodge 197 Running
20 24 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil Toyota 197 Running
21 30 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 197 Running
22 28 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive Chevrolet 197 Running
23 32 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group Chevrolet 196 Running
24 15 87 Joe Nemechek AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves Toyota 195 Throttle
25 31 39 Joey Gase * Go Green Racing Ford 195 Running
26 36 40 Erik Darnell Key Motorsports Chevrolet 194 Running
27 39 24 Benny Gordon SR2 Motorsports Chevrolet 194 Running
28 37 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 193 Running
29 41 50 T.J. Bell Turbine Powered Technology Ford 189 Running
30 38 52 Tim Schendel Means Racing Chevrolet 189 Running
31 34 41 Blake Koch Rise Up and Register Ford 166 Running
32 23 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevrolet 162 Wheel Bearing
33 40 4 Daryl Harr iWorld Chevrolet 149 Running
34 42 70 Charles Lewandoski Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet 115 Brakes
35 35 28 David Green Robinson-Blakeney Racing Dodge 109 Vibration
36 3 09 Kenny Wallace RAB Racing Toyota 102 Accident
37 16 27 J.J. Yeley GC Motorsports Int'l Ford 25 Start and Park
38 29 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevrolet 17 Start and Park
39 43 74 Mike Harmon American Fallen Heroes Chevrolet 8 Start and Park
40 33 42 Josh Wise Key Motorsports Chevrolet 7 Start and Park
41 26 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevrolet 6 Start and Park
42 20 47 Scott Speed Key Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Start and Park
43 27 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 3 Start and Park

It looks as though Kenny Wallace may be done. After a wreck took him out of the event, sponsorship issues and lack of funding may cause RAB Racing to go part time. It's another Nationwide team that may be closing. The latest victims are Rusty Wallace Inc, Baker-Curb Racing and Braun Racing. It's a disturbing trend that Nascar needs to try to stop.

Here's how the top ten in points looks after the second race of the season:

RANK Car # DRIVER POINTS BEHIND WINS
1 2 Elliott Sadler 89 Leader 1
2 3 Austin Dillon* 79 -10 0
3 60 Trevor Bayne 72 -17 0
4 88 Cole Whitt* 71 -18 0
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 66 -23 0
6 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 63 -26 0
7 19 Tayler Malsam 62 -27 0
8 43 Michael Annett 51 -38 0
9 24 Benny Gordon 49 -40 0
10 87 Joe Nemechek 42 -47 0
* Rookie

Join us later in the week for a preview of the Las Vegas event, and feel free to leave your feelings on the past Phoenix Race in the comments section. Enjoy!

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