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NXS: Elliott Sadler Wins Regular Season Title

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RICHMOND, Va. – Elliot Sadler, driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, claimed the regular season points title with his fifth place finish Friday night in the Virginia529 College Saving 250.

“Thanks for the 15 points,” stated Sadler post-race. As the regular season champion, Sadler and his team will receive 15 bonus points each round in the playoffs.

“We were the [regular season] champs last year and didn’t get them, and could have used them in the playoffs”

Despite only having five bonus points from stage wins, Sadler believes his team has been good at the new formatted races.

“We have been good with stage racing this season and with these 15 points, we’re able to be aggressive and take some changes.”

Sadler noted that he believes the 2017 season comes down to one race.

“It’s all about one race …. It’s all about Homestead. I feel like have a lot to prove after last year.”

Despite not having a win so far in 2017, Sadler is optimistic about being a true contender as the playoffs get under in the NXS in a couple weeks.

“I think you can get there [Homestead) without winning,” Sadler said in the media center. “But, I believe to win the championship, you’ll have to win that race.”

“I think we have to win a race to hold up the trophy at the end of the year,” he added.

Sadler is optimistic to be the season’s champion as the series heads to Chicagoland next week before the playoffs start the following weekend.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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