(AVONDALE, Ariz.) — Headed into Phoenix International Speedway, the last time Elliot Sadler won a Nationwide series race was Oct. 31, 1998 at North Carolina Motor Speedway.
On Saturday, he snapped a 14-year drought when he pulled ahead of Brad Keselowski with 33 laps left after a late caution for the checkered flag at the Supermarket 200.
Ninety-one Nationwide races later, Sadler pulled into victory lane and spun his tires until there was hardly any rubber left.
“Our guys have been working very hard,” Sadler said. “It’s a very emotional win. We all know how long it’s been since I was in Victory Lane.”
The win also marked the first career victory for his crew chief, Lucas Lambert.
“I’ve got all the confidence in our Nationwide organization and I knew Elliott could get the job done,” owner Richard Childress said. “He’s been too close too many times.”
Finishing behind Keselowski was defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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