Sadler, Buescher and Swindell Victorious in Chicago
With an off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series took center stage Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the driver to beat Sunday after winning the pole and leading 135 of the 201 lap race, however the defending series champion was caught on pit road when a late caution flag came out dropping him from first to 10th when the race went green.
Stenhouse got a jump on the restart, started passing cars and catching the new leader Elliott Sadler, but he ran out of laps and settled for second as the checkered flag flew in Chicago.
Sadler, who also earned the $100,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus for the victory, had battled the flu the days leading up to the race.
“I’m still not 100 percent, but it feels good to win here in Chicago,” said Sadler. “My wife and I came here with another couple, which also happens to be my doctor, and we had to put him to work. I drank a lot of fluids and had to have a few IVs just to stay hydrated.”
Justin Allgaier finished third followed by Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.
Sadler continues to lead the Nationwide point standings by 11 points over Austin Dillon, Stenhouse is third followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Allgaier.
James Buescher, who won the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway earlier this season, earned his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday in Chicago.
Buescher had to pit early to change carburetors and returned to the track two laps down.
“We had issues early on where we kept losing power, so we decided to pit, changing the carburetor and the car came to life,” said Buescher. “From there, it was a matter of getting our laps back and going forward from there.
“We didn’t waste any time when we caught anybody. There are sometimes I felt like it was not the best moves I made. A lot of them probably could have ended up in some crashes, but I knew I had to pass about 20 trucks in 40 laps.”
Timothy Peters finished third followed by Matt Crafton and Parker Kligerman.
Peters maintains his point lead by 23 points over Ty Dillon. Justin Lofton fell one position to third followed by Buescher and Kligerman.
Kevin Swindell led every lap in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race in Chicago on Saturday to earn his first victory in the series. Swindell became the first driver to lead every lap since Ryan Hemphill accomplished the feat in Kentucky in 2004.
Swindell held off a hard charge from teammate Brennan Poole who closed to within one second during the final 10 laps. Frank Kimmel finished third followed by Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed.
Buescher leads the ARCA series point standings by 35 over Poole. Alex Bowman is third followed by Kimmel and Chad Hackenbracht.
Tickets to the Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are on sale now by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets to the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are also on sale now. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring their own food and drink into the grandstands in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler.