Elliott Sadler was declared the winner in a wild, wreck-filled, controversial finish in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
But it took a several minutes after the race was over before NASCAR could figure that out and make Sadler’s victory in the XFINITY Series official.
“People don’t know how hard it is to win this races,” said Sadler, who drives the No. 1 Chevroet for JR Motorsports, which is owned in part by Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. “It’s very emotional. Dale Jr. gave me a great opportunity to come work for him, and I’ve got one heck of a race team.”
Sadler’s win, the 11th in his career in the series, was far from clear-cut.
Rookie Brennan Poole appeared to cross the start-finish line first and thought he had scored the first win of his career, coming onto his team radio and shouting: “Oh my God, I think I might have puked!”
Poole probably felt even worse shortly thereafter, when NASCAR ruled after checking videotape that the yellow caution light had come out with Sadler in the lead after Sadler had barrelled into then-leader Joey Logano, the result of Logano appearing to get slightly overaggressive in his attempts to block Sadler.
As Logano spun back into the onrushing field, his No. 22 Team Penske Ford got broadsided by the No. 11 car of
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/elliott-sadler-brennan-poole-jr-motorsports-xfinity-series-wild-finish-talladega-043016
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