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2013 season in review: Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler spent his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series in 2013, going winless but still finishing a strong fourth in points through the 33-race season. He also threw in a few Sprint Cup Series races for good measure, both for JGR and Michael Waltrip Racing, where he helped out fellow JGR driver Brian Vickers after he fell to blood clots again at the end of the season.

Sadler kicked off the season with a 15th-place finish at Daytona, followed by two fifth-place finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas. After a disappointing 36th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, he bounced back with six-straight top 15 finishes, including a runner-up finish at Darlington. A 28th-place finish at Dover led into another stretch of five top 10 finishes, including another second-place finish, this time at Kentucky.

Sadler finished in the top 10 at all three road course races in 2013, including a ninth-place finish at Road America, a fifth-place run at Watkins Glen International and a sixth-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He rebounded for a 10th-place finish in the second race at Bristol, and finished the last 10 races of the season with just one finish outside the top 20, a 36th-place run at Charlotte in October after he was involved in a wreck.

Sadler raced in five Cup Series races in 2013, one for JGR and four to end the season for MWR. The JGR run ended poorly with a 40th-place finish after a crash, but Sadler finished all four races for MWR in the top 25, with a top finish of 14th at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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