Joe Gibbs Racing driver Elliott Sadler earned a top 10 finish in Saturday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and Kenny Habul had a much rougher time at the Lexington, Ohio road course.
Sadler, who qualified 13th in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Camry, finished seventh at the 2.258-mile road course, his 10th top 10 finish on a road course in 15 career starts and his third top 10 in three road course races this season. Sadler remains third in Nationwide Series points, 16 points behind points leader Chase Elliott.
The news was not as good for Hornish Jr., who finished 30th after qualifying on the pole and leading 12 laps. Engine issues plagued the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota throughout the weekend. Engine issues were also a problem for Habul in the No. 20 Sun Energy 1 Toyota. After qualifying 10th in his ninth road course start in the Nationwide Series, Habul finished 31st.
Rookie Chris Buescher won his first Nationwide Series race, followed by Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Elliott and Alex Tagliani.
The Nationwide Series gets back on track on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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