Although Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series' race at Chicagoland Speedway, his championship rival Elliott Sadler took the win after a late-race restart.
Sadler converted the lead into his third win of the season after getting a push from Justin Allgaier. Stenhouse, who'd fallen back on the previous pit stop cycle, rebounded to second by the finish but was unable to pass Sadler.
“We needed this win. You couldn't drag me out of this car,” a relieved Sadler said.
A frustrated Stenhouse: “The cautions didn't fall our way. We had the car to beat. The 2 (Sadler) got a heck of a push from the 31.”
Kenny Wallace posted his best result of the season in fourth.
A strong run for Sam Hornish Jr. went off the rails in the final stages when a decision by the team to short pit dropped him to 13th from a top-five position. While racing back, Hornish nudged Kyle Busch on the backstraight, sending Busch's car into Brendan Gaughan's and both crunched against the concrete wall. Busch declined comment after the accident while Hornish apologized over the radio for the contact.
Sadler leads Austin Dillon by 11 points, Stenhouse by 19, as the Nationwide Series makes its first trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend as part of the Kroger Super Weekend.