Elliott Sadler breaks 65-race Xfinity winless streak on 41st birthday at Talladega

ChUsCPTWIAAJsLwAfter a green-white-checkered (flags) dash to the finish, 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) veteran driver, Elliott Sadler, wins Saturday’s NXS Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (TSS) as the leaders wreck just within seconds to the drop of the checkered flag.

Sadler, who broke a 65-race winless streak, received his first series victory and eighth top-10 finish of the season, his 11th series career victory in 305 races and his second series victory in eight races at TSS.

Justin Allgaier finished behind Sadler to finish in second-place, and they were followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Brennan Poole finishing third, Jeremy Clements fourth and Brendan Gaughan finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Austin Dillon taking sixth-place, Daniel Suarez seventh, pole-sitter Matt Tifft eighth, Chase Elliott ninth and Aric Almirola brought home 10th.

With his victory, Sadler breaks the tie for the lead with Daniel Suarez and leaves Talladega the series’ points leader.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 132.477 MPH
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 19 Mins, 45 Secs.
Margin of Victory: Caution
Lead Changes: 20 among 13 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 29 laps

Up Next: The series takes the next weekend off and returns to action at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 14th, with an approximate starting time of 2:20 p.m. (ET) on FOX.

NASCAR post-race inspection is done. No issues. No cars to the R&D Center.

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Sparks Energy 300 Race Results
Pos Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 1 Elliot Sadler 116 Running 1 44 4
2 7 Justin Allgaier 116 Running 0 39 0
3 48 Brennan Poole # 116 Running 5 39 1
4 51 Jeremy Clements 116 Running 7 38 1
5 62 Brendan Gaughan 116 Running 1 37 1
6 2 Austin Dillon (i) 116 Running 7 0 0
7 19 Daniel Suarez 116 Running 2 35 1
8 18 Matt Tifft (i) 116 Running 21 0 0
9 88 Chase Elliott (i) 116 Running 7 0 0
10 98 Aric Almirola (i) 116 Running 0 0 0
11 42 Justin Marks 116 Running 0 30 0
12 0 Garrett Smithley # 116 Running 0 29 0
13 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 116 Running 0 28 0
14 14 Benny Gordon 116 Running 0 27 0
15 01 Ryan Preece # 116 Running 0 26 0
16 44 JJ Yeley 116 Running 0 25 0
17 4 Ross Chastain 116 Running 0 24 0
18 43 Jeb Burton 116 Running 0 23 0
19 33 Brandon Jones # 116 Running 36 24 2
20 3 Ty Dillon 116 Running 0 21 0
21 39 Ryan Sieg 116 Running 0 20 0
22 20 Erik Jones # 116 Running 0 19 0
23 24 Brandon McReynolds 116 Running 0 18 0
24 11 Blake Koch 116 Running 1 18 1
25 15 Travis Kvapil (i) 116 Running 0 0 0
26 05 John Wes Townley (i) 116 Running 0 0 0
27 22 Joey Logano (i) 115 Running 19 0 0
28 90 Mario Gosselin 115 Running 0 13 0
29 07 Ray Black Jr 115 Running 0 12 0
30 40 Carl Long 115 Running 0 11 0
31 16 Ryan Reed 113 Running 8 11 1
32 13 John Jackson 112 Running 0 9 0
33 85 Bobby Gerhart 111 Running 0 8 0
34 28 Dakoda Armstrong 82 Electrical 0 7 0
35 97 Ryan Ellis 81 Engine 0 6 0
36 78 BJ McLeod 39 Engine 0 5 0
37 25 Chris Cockrum 30 Accident 0 4 0
38 52 Joey Gase 30 Accident 0 3 0
39 89 Morgan Shepherd 27 Rear Gear 1 3 1
40 10 Jeff Green 2 Suspension 0 2 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Point Standings
After Race 9 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 1 Elliot Sadler 314 Leader 9 1 4 8 0
2 19 Daniel Suarez 314 0 9 0 4 8 0
3 3 Ty Dillon 281 -33 9 0 2 5 0
4 7 Justin Allgaier 280 -34 9 0 3 7 1
5 62 Brendan Gaughan 279 -35 9 0 1 5 0
6 33 Brandon Jones # 273 -41 9 0 0 4 0
7 20 Erik Jones # 263 -51 9 1 5 5 1
8 48 Brennan Poole # 251 -63 9 0 1 3 0
9 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 229 -85 9 0 1 2 1
10 16 Ryan Reed 221 -93 9 0 0 0 0
11 43 Jeb Burton 201 -113 9 0 0 1 1
12 39 Ryan Sieg 197 -117 9 0 0 1 0
Points Outside the Top 12
13 51 Jeremy Clements 186 -11 9 0 1 1 1
14 11 Blake Koch 184 -13 9 0 0 2 1
15 4 Ross Chastain 182 -15 9 0 0 0 0
16 28 Dakoda Armstrong 168 -29 9 0 0 0 1
17 01 Ryan Preece # 159 -38 9 0 0 0 1
18 0 Garrett Smithley # 142 -55 8 0 0 0 0
19 14 JJ Yeley 137 -60 8 0 0 0 2
20 07 Ray Black Jr # 121 -76 9 0 0 0 1
21 44 David Starr 112 -85 7 0 0 0 2
22 78 BJ McLeod # 109 -88 9 0 0 0 2
23 52 Joey Gase 94 -103 9 0 0 0 2
24 42 Justin Marks 91 -106 4 0 0 0 1
25 90 Mario Gosselin 79 -118 6 0 0 0 0
26 24 Corey Lajoie 63 -134 3 0 0 0 0
27 97 Harrison Rhodes 61 -136 6 0 0 0 3
28 70 Derrike Cope 56 -141 6 0 0 0 1
29 74 Mike Harmon 51 -146 7 0 0 0 1
30 97 Ryan Ellis 35 -162 4 0 0 0 1
31 14 Benny Gordon 33 -164 2 0 0 0 1
32 99 Todd Peck 31 -166 5 0 0 0 2
33 15 Cody Ware # 31 -166 4 0 0 0 2
34 25 Chris Cockrum 29 -168 3 0 0 0 1
35 93 Dylan Lupton 27 -170 2 0 0 0 1
36 17 Jeff Green 27 -170 7 0 0 0 6
37 40 Carl Long 25 -172 5 0 0 0 4
38 46 Brandon Gdovic 23 -174 1 0 0 0 0
39 90 Martin Roy 19 -178 2 0 0 0 1
40 24 Brandon McReynolds 18 -179 1 0 0 0 0
41 89 Morgan Shepherd 18 -179 6 0 0 0 6
42 46 Anthony Kumpen 15 -182 1 0 0 0 0
43 24 TJ Bell Jr 15 -299 1 0 0 0 0
44 93 Scott Lagasse Jr 12 -302 1 0 0 0 0
45 0 Eric McClure 11 -303 1 0 0 0 0
46 15 Stanton Barrett 11 -303 1 0 0 0 0
47 85 Bobby Gerhart 10 -304 2 0 0 0 1
48 13 Josh Reaume 10 -304 2 0 0 0 2
49 13 John Jackson 9 -305 1 0 0 0 0
50 13 Derek White 5 -309 1 0 0 0 0
51 13 DJ Kennington 5 -309 1 0 0 0 0

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standing
After Race 9 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Richard Childress 2 1 330 Leader 9
2 Rick Hendrick 88 2 328 -2 9
3 JD Gibbs 18 4 321 -9 9
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr 1 1 314 -16 9
5 Joe Gibbs 19 0 314 -16 9
6 Richard Childress 3 0 281 -49 9
7 Kelly Earnhardt-Miller 7 0 280 -50 9
8 Richard Childress 62 0 279 -51 9
9 Roger Penske 22 0 274 -56 9
10 Richard Childress 33 0 273 -57 9
11 Joe Gibbs 20 1 263 -67 9
12 Chip Ganassi 48 0 251 -79 9
13 Chip Ganassi 42 0 242 -88 9
14 Jack Roush 6 0 229 -101 9
15 Jack Roush 16 0 221 -109 9
16 Richard Petty 43 0 201 -129 9
17 Rod Sieg 39 0 197 -133 9
18 Tony Clements 51 0 186 -144 9
19 Matthew Kaulig 11 0 184 -146 9
20 Gary Keller 4 0 182 -148 9
21 Fred Biagi 98 0 177 -153 6
22 James Whitener 28 0 168 -162 9
23 Mark Smith 44 0 166 -164 9
24 Johnny Davis 01 0 159 -171 9
25 Gregg Mixon 24 0 155 -175 8
26 Gary Cogswell 0 0 153 -177 9
27 Bobby Dotter 07 0 121 -209 9
28 Mark Smith 14 0 120 -210 9
29 Dale Earnhardt Jr 5 0 111 -219 3
30 BJ McLeod 78 0 109 -221 9
31 Michelle Gosselin 90 0 107 -223 9
32 Jimmy Means 52 0 94 -236 9
33 Rick Ware 25 0 88 -242 9
34 Rick Ware 15 0 87 -243 9
35 Victor Obaika 97 0 67 -263 9
36 Maurice Gallagher 21 0 59 -271 3
37 Mary Louise Miller 70 0 56 -274 9
38 Derek White 13 0 54 -276 9
39 Mike Harmon 74 0 51 -279 9
40 Pamela Sieg 93 0 46 -284 8
41 Tony Townley 05 0 39 -291 2
42 Rick Gdovic 146 0 38 -292 2
43 Danielle Long 40 0 28 -302 9
44 Andrea Nemechek 87 0 23 -307 1
45 Cindy Shepherd 89 0 18 -312 8
46 William Gerhart 85 0 10 -320 2
47 Mark Smith 10 0 6 -324 7
48 Rick Ware 17 0 4 -326 1
49 Jessica Smith 99 0 3 -327 4
50 Michelle Gosselin 192 0 0 -330 1

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 9 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Toyota 5 370 Leader
2 Chevrolet 4 367 -3
3 Ford 0 310 -60
4 Dodge 0 73 -297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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