Holla! Elliott Sadler wins at Bristol and claims second victory of 2012

Elliott Sadler celebrates in victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Holla! The popular Sadlerism rang out in my head as Elliott Sadler won the Ford EcoBoost 300, so fittingly I salute him.

Elliott Sadler wins at Bristol and earning his second victory of the 2012 season. The win now catapults Sadler to an early lead in the Nationwide points standings, where he comfortably sits 25 points ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The victory truly was earned by Sadler's crew chief Luke Lambert, who made a risky call on the final caution to leave Sadler out, opting for track position versus fresh tires. Sadler and Kasey Kahne were the only two leaders to stay out, putting them into the lead with just 28 laps remaining.

“That was a great call by Luke. He reminded me I won a race here in 2001 by doing the same thing, staying out. I wanted this one worse than anything because I love this race track so much," Sadler said creating Lambert with the call that got him into position for the win.

Now winning two of the first four races, Sadler is putting on the pressure.

“To win two of the first four races is awesome, and we’ve got to keep adding to them. There’s blood in the water,” said Sadler.

Kahne's gamble also paid off, he finished second in the No. 38 for Turner Motorsports.

Sadler's win now makes it four for four with the Nationwide regulars winning the first four races on the season. Buescher, Sadler and Stenhouse have won this season, next week the series heads west to Auto Club Speedway where many other drivers look to be the next to add their name to the list.

Race results for the Ford EcoBoost 300:
  1. Elliott Sadler
  2. Kasey Kahne
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Trevor Bayne
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Ryan Truex
  11. Michael Annett
  12. Austin Dillon
  13. Sam Hornish Jr.
  14. James Buescher
  15. Mike Bliss
  16. Cole Whitt
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Tayler Malsam
  19. Danica Patrick
  20. Jeremy Clements
  21. Erik Darnell
  22. Jamie Dick
  23. Mike Wallace
  24. Benny Gordon
  25. Jason Bowles
  26. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  27. Eric McClure
  28. Kyle Fowler
  29. Johanna Long
  30. Joe Nemechek
  31. Kevin Lepage
  32. Brad Teague
  33. Kenny Wallace
  34. T.J. Bell
  35. Brian Scott
  36. Joey Gase
  37. Tim Schendel
  38. Blake Koch
  39. JJ Yeley 
  40. Chase Miller
  41. Scott Speed
  42. Jeff Green
  43. Josh Wise
Holla! Elliott Sadler wins at Bristol and claims second victory of 2012 Holla! Elliott Sadler wins at Bristol and claims second victory of 2012 Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, March 17, 2012 Rating: 5