- Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee
- Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton for representing child rapist
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
Sadler, Patrick optimistic entering Kentucky race
Question of the Day
Sadler finished ninth in his previous trip to Kentucky Speedway, his second top-10 in as many starts here. He believes those performances can help him begin erasing a nine-point deficit to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and reclaim the NASCAR Nationwide Series lead he held the previous 14 weeks.
Patrick is eager to start a new chapter with crew chief Ryan Pemberton after spending much of her Nationwide career with Tony Eury Jr., who left JR Motorsports on Monday. She finished 12th here in June and feels she can do better the second time around.
Saturday will mark the first fall Nationwide date for the 1.5-mile oval.
Sadler aims to take full advantage.
“Mile-and-a-halfs have always been good to me,” said Sadler who has four victories and 19 top-10s this season. “I have a pretty decent record (on those tracks) and that’s the biggest thing.
“I like those racetracks and like the feel they give me, and it just fits my driving style. It’s just a place I feel real comfortable on. We should be fine there.”
Sadler’s outlook might also have to with avoiding catastrophe last week at Chicago, another 1.5-mile oval. His No. 2 Chevrolet could have ended up in the wall and he might have posted a DNF (did not finish) when the right front tire delaminated during the Dollar General 300.
“It threw us for a loop, but it could’ve been way worse,” Sadler said. “It’s not the finish we wanted, but it could’ve been way worse and we’d be worse off than what we really are.
“Nine points is not a lot and we have seven races to go. There’s still a lot of miles to be raced and anything can happen.”
Last Saturday wasn’t totally drama-free, though, and some might be watching to see what becomes of the on-track relationship between Sadler and Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon. Sadler, who recently announced that he would leave RCR after this season, leads third-place Dillon by 16 points in the standings.
The exchange initially puzzled Sadler but after talking separately to Dillon _ who won the summer race here from the pole _ and Stockman on Sunday, he downplayed the chance of lingering tensions.
“It’s just the heat of it all,” said Sadler, runner-up to Stenhouse last season. “This is a very competitive sport. Those guys want a championship; we want to win a championship. I wish it wasn’t said, but at the end of the day I think there’s really nothing behind it.
The president could pay the full price for ignoring Congress
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
- MAY: Barbarians at Jordan's gate
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply
- BERMAN & MADYOON: An Iranian-Turkish reset
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq