Sadler overcomes stomach virus, wins at Chicagoland

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Elliott Sadler celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland.   NAM Y. HUH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Elliott Sadler celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland.

JOLIET, Ill. —Elliott Sadler spent most of the week in bed with a stomach virus, and wasn’t able to eat anything beyond a single biscuit Sunday morning.

As weak as Sadler felt, there was no way he was giving up his seat.

Sadler brushed off questions from team owner Richard Childress about a potential replacement driver, then held off a charge by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on a green-white-checker finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.

Was there a pride factor in toughing it out?

“You’re damn right,” Sadler said. “I told Richard yesterday, I was like, ‘I can handle this.’ ”

Stenhouse finished second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.

Wallace’s car was found to be too light in postrace inspection. NASCAR officials are expected to determine any penalties early this week.

Stenhouse appeared to have the stronger car and was chasing down Sadler in the closing laps of the race. But a late caution bunched up the field for NASCAR’s version of overtime, Sadler got a push from Allgaier on the restart and pulled away.

Track officials held a moment of silence before the race and the No. 24 car driven by Benny Gordon carried the message “Remember Aurora Colorado” on its rear fender.

Danica Patrick finished 14th.

INDYCAR SERIES: In Edmonton, Alberta, Helio Castroneves has tightened up the IndyCar Series points race by winning at Edmonton.

Castroneves had to hold off Takuma Sato over the final 15 laps to pick up his second win of the season.

It pushed Castroneves to second in the standings, and he trails leader Ryan Hunter-Reay by 23 points with four races left. Power finished third, but lost a spot in the standings.

FORMULA ONE: In Hockenheim, Germany, Fernando Alonso led from the start to win the German Grand Prix in his Ferrari on Sunday and extend his Formula One championship lead, while two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel was penalized and dropped from second to fifth.

Alonso became the first driver to win three races this season and has a 34-point lead over Mark Webber, the second Red Bull driver who was eighth.


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