By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Elliott Sadler made his eighth career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday at Pocono from the pole, and he was able to survive a wild finish that included two green-white-checkered attempts, to record his first career victory in the series.
This race was the first ever for the Trucks at Pocono Raceway, which is a track that has been slammed for having snoozer races as of late. Well I think the trucks proved that good racing is possible at Pocono, and I believe the Truck Series will be a fixture for years to come at the tricky triangle.
Kasey Kahne, driving Kyle Busch’s No. 18 truck came home second followed by Matt Crafton, Aric Almirola and Justin Lofton rounded out the top-five finishers.
Three late cautions made for an unpredictable finish. The first was a spin by the point leader Todd Bodine, which sent him from the top-five to the back of the pack.
Then a huge crash involving Donny Lia among others brought out the first green-white-checkered finish.
On the following restart Elliott Sadler got a push that got him by Kasey Kahne for the lead. Moments later Ron Hornaday went for a ride into the infield retaining wall that ended his day with a 29th place result.
Sadler was able to pull away on the final green-white-checkered finish to seal the deal. A very emotional Sadler, was very appreciative of his victory considering it had been six seasons since his last NASCAR win.
“You sit at home a lot, wondering if you’re ever going to make it back to victory lane. Are you ever going to have that situation again? Are you ever going to be in that position again? This, to me—I know it’s recent, and it’s today—but this is the biggest win in my career.” Sadler said.
“There’s a lot of naysayers out there, and there’s a lot of people that write me off, not giving me a chance to make a comeback and be a strong presence again in this sport. To be able to come here and sit on the pole and win the race and race against people like Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin (who finished ninth), who I think are two of the best racecar drivers we have in our sport, means a great deal to me.”
Sadler with this win, is now one of 21 drivers who have won in every one of NASCAR’s ‘Big Three’ divisions (Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks).