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Post-Race Reactions: OneMain Financial 200
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson and others share their thoughts after the OneMain Financial 200 .
Mike Bumgarner named Sadler's Miami crew chief
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2016) -- JR Motorsports race operations manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief of the No. 1 OneMain Financial team this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as driver Elliott Sadler vies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Bumgarner will fill the role normally occupied by Kevin Meendering. Meendering is serving a one-race suspension as it was determined last Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway that two lugnuts were not satisfactorily fastened to the No. 1 car at the end of the Ticket Galaxy 200 . NASCAR announced the infraction and penalty following the event. "We let Kevin ultimately make this decision because it's his team," said general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. "Kevin chose Mike to sit in the crew chief's seat and for good reason -- he is experienced atop the pit box and very dependable. We have a great deal of confidence in Mike to give Elliott his best opportunity to win on Saturday." As one of the drivers left standing in the XFINITY Series Championship 4, Sadler can win his first NASCAR title in Saturday's season finale. The Emporia, Virginia, native enters the race with three wins in 2016, 13 top-fives and 28 top-10s in 32 starts. He will compete against JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez . Bumgarner, a native of Huntersville, N.C., is a 22-year veteran in NASCAR. He spent 18 years at Hendrick Motorsports , where he worked on cars for Terry Labonte , Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch . In 2007, he was crew chief on Busch's No. 5 Chevrolet, which won four races and three pole awards. Bumgarner came to JRM in 2013 as crew chief for Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet in the No. 5 NXS entry. The following year he was promoted to oversee race operations for all JR Motorsports teams.
OneMain reveals Elliott Sadler's '16 paint scheme
With a new team and a new year comes a new paint scheme for Elliott Sadler 's OneMain Financial -sponsored Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The paint scheme, as well as the number of the car, were revealed online Wednesday on OneMainRacing.com. Unveiled the new car tonight in front of @onemaintalk employees with @Elliott_Sadler pic.twitter.com/6GeXIYYRHj — OneMain Racing (@OneMainRacing) January 7, 2016 Sadler's move to the Dale Earnhardt Jr . co-owned JRM was announced in October. At that announcement at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt talked about the sense of steadiness their support would provide. "Elliott has worked with OneMain for a very long time so that's an easy relationship to trust and get behind and be a part of," Earnhardt said. " … I will say when we told our employees on the shop floor, they were ecstatic. It brings stability and those people really depend on that." In 2015, Sadler finished sixth in the XFINITY Series standings driving for Roush Fenway Racing . Before that, he spent two years driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and a season driving for Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY . In 296 starts in the series, Sadler has 10 wins.
OneMain extends sponsorship with JRM, Sadler
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2016) – OneMain , America's premier consumer finance company, has signed a multi-year extension to continue its sponsorship of Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports race team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, JRM General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced today. OneMain will receive primary branding on Sadler's No. 1 car for 20 races in 2017. It will mark the seventh year of partnership between OneMain and Sadler, the current NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Elliott Sadler and JR Motorsports," said OneMain Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Hurzeler. "After further evaluation of the program, we felt this relationship was a perfect fit for our company. Elliott has been an outstanding ambassador for OneMain and we look forward to our continued success with Elliott and JRM, on and off the track.”" The announcement all but solidifies JR Motorsports' driver line-up in 2017. JRM will compete for a championship with full-time entries for three drivers – Sadler, Justin Allgaier and William Byron. JRM will enter a fourth car on a select-race basis. "Elliott and OneMain are integral pieces to the make-up of our company," said Earnhardt Miller. "Elliott's talent speaks for itself, but what’s more, his experience and leadership is completely necessary for our younger guys. He brings a professionalism and charisma that permeates our entire organization, and I think he brings it to OneMain as well. I'm glad they have decided to come back with their sponsorship. We've got many things to accomplish together." Sadler has undergone a resurgence in his first year at JR Motorsports. He currently leads the NXS point standings and is preparing to compete in the first-ever NXS Chase format. This year Sadler has one win (Talladega), seven top fives, and a series-leading 19 top-10 finishes in 22 starts. A veteran racer, Sadler has 15 victories across NASCAR’s top-three series. He has been an NXS regular since 2011, twice producing runner-up finishes in the championship point standings (2011-12). "This is a dream come true for me," said Sadler, 41, from Emporia, Virginia. " OneMain is a great partner and we're fortunate to have this stability moving forward to compete for race wins and championships for years to come. I'm as energized as I've ever been."
Sadler's substitute crew chief motivated, not worried
RELATED: Phoenix penalties announced " Miami schedule Mike Bumgarner sounded cool and collected Wednesday afternoon answering questions about his crew chief debut this season -- which happens to come in Saturday's XFINITY Series season finale championship race. The JR Motorsports race operations manager will lead driver Elliott Sadler in the championship finale, filling in for Sadler's regular crew chief, Kevin Meendering, who is suspended for one race after a lug nut violation at Phoenix International Raceway last week. Officials ruled two lug nuts on Elliott's No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet were not sufficiently fastened, so Meendering will be sidelined while the veteran Sadler races for his first NASCAR championship. Meendering also was fined $10,000 for the P3-level penalty. Despite the change in plans, Bumgarner anticipated it will be business as usual for the weekend. He expected to rely on Sadler's experience and the team's confidence in taking on his role this weekend. "I don't see much of a challenge from my side," Bumgarner said. "Kevin has a good group of guys, and these guys know what their role is to play. It's more or less letting these guys do their jobs, and this will all play out. "It's just more or less for me, just to guide these guys along and answer any questions and try to do my best at calling a good race and getting Elliott in and off pit road. I think that's probably the biggest task. "We'll see where it all falls, but I feel pretty confident and not really too worried about it. It's an awesome group of guys, and I think these guys will prevail." Bumgarner chuckled a little about team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . joking he would crew chief this one race, saying, "It would have definitely made it easier on me. I would have much rather just went down there and sat back and watched." This is not to say that Sadler isn't intensely motivated to win this title after twice (2011 and 2012) finishing championship runner-up. The 41-year old is a tried-and-true veteran – having won races in all three of NASCAR's marquee series. And even the complication in this week's situation is unlikely to sidetrack him or this team. "And it's not just Elliott but spotter Brett Griffin, as well," Bumgarner said about relying on the team's veteran leadership. "Those guys have been together for a long time, and that's what I spoke about earlier -- about the importance of getting in and off pit road during the race. He and Brett, they have a good combination as far as speaking and talking together, and I think that is going to make it easy, as well. "Elliott knows what he needs to do with the race car. These guys, they've shown on paper or speed charts as the week goes on every week, they progressively get better as the week goes." While some may see this situation as a championship curveball, this veteran team and its driver have taken everything in stride. In fact, it may have inspired this group even more. "One thing we talked about Monday morning is this is definitely motivation," Bumgarner said. "Any time a team gets down, it just shows you how strong a group of guys we have here, not only with the No. 1 OneMain team but as JR Motorsports as a whole. We all stick behind each other and try to help each other out and make each other stronger." &amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;
Sadler motivated by absence of team owner, Earnhardt Jr.
RELATED: Sadler sits atop points standings NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Elliott Sadler is using the absence of his JR Motorsports team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr ., as a source of inspiration and motivation in his quest for a first championship. "We've kind of been racing for him these last couple weeks ... a month or so," said Sadler, who leads the XFINITY standings by 47 points over second-place Daniel Suarez . "We kind of know what our boss is going through. We talk about it on our race team at the race track some. When you watch practice on TV, or the watch the ( Sprint Cup ) race on Sunday, and he's not in the race car, it affects us. "We want the best for him. He's given all of us a great opportunity. We want him to enjoy the same fun, the same competitive spirit that we're having week-in and week-out. So we definitely talk about it as a team and wish him nothing but the best coming back. And it definitely gives us some incentive to finish on a high note, now that he’s out of the car." Sadler is locked into the inaugural XFINITY Chase, and the veteran driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet got more recent good news -- his primary sponsor, OneMain Financial , will return for another season on the car in 2017. Sadler will next race in Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Sadler wins first XFINITY Chase race at Kentucky
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid SPARTA, KY – A huge push from Daniel Suárez on a restart with four laps to go in Saturday night's eventful VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 sent Elliott Sadler ahead of Ryan Blaney to win the opening race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway . Sadler's third win of the season and 13th of his XFINITY Series career was about more than just stamping his way into Round 2 of the Chase. The Emporia, Virginia, native fought for the win while thinking of his mother, Bell, who was released from the hospital Saturday, after a week of hospitalization and two surgeries. "We fought through a lot tonight," Sadler said in Victory Lane. "I'm going to get a little emotional on you, I've been in the hospital all week with my mom in ICU watching her fight and fight through a lot of pain and suffering. (She) made her way back home tonight to watch the race. Mom, I love you. She leads so much by example." Sadler also credited his team, who helped Sadler battle from outside the top 15 earlier in the race. "These guys are my heroes," Sadler said. "We had a 10th or 15th place car at best. Still had to come in and really take our time and work on it. Great pit calls by Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys to get us in position. Got a good push there at the end. I do want to say thanks to Josh Berry for helping me a ton tonight. That kid did some cool things on the restarts. This OneMain Financial team has no quit in them. We just fight till the end. This is a great way to start the Chase." Suárez, who finished second, said he struggled with a tight condition all night but was best at the end of the race. "Right at the end, we were pretty good, maybe just a little tight but we were strong," he said. "I feel like we were the fastest car out there at the end. I just needed one or two laps more to get the win." The inaugural XFINITY Series Chase race offered plenty of excitement and drama. With the "win and advance" format putting a greater premium on victories, drivers found themselves on the edge of control at a track where the racing groove was extremely tight since undergoing a repave in May. "At halfway, we were running 20th," Sadler said. "By my calculations, we were probably 10th or 11th in points, so to fight back that last 100 laps to gain that kind of momentum probably means a lot for us and these guys. I'm so proud of these guys. Dale (Earnhardt Jr., team owner) and Kelley (Earnhardt-Miller, team manager) and all of our partners for Hunt Bros., and Chevrolet and everyone that does so much for us at JR Motorsports. This is a great way to start off the Chase and keeps the momentum on our side, we can relax and go to Dover and have fun there and Charlotte and get ready for the second round." XFINITY Chase drivers Ty Dillon , Brandon Jones and Erik Jones all found themselves in a deep hole after being collected in accidents throughout a caution-filled race. Dillon and Erik Jones tangled while racing for second with 12 laps remaining. The event was red-flagged for five minutes, 34 seconds for cleanup of the Turn 3 incident. RELATED: See the wreck " Jones' take " Dillon's take Jones, the pole sitter who led a race-high 100 laps, took responsibility for the crash. "I just got sucked around," Jones said after the incident. "I tried to slow down but Ty was holding me down there pretty tight on the restart, slamming doors through (Turns) 1 and 2. It was my fault but it's a pretty tough aero situation to be in. "I just couldn't hang on to it. I tried to slow down but he kept slamming down on my door and I did all I could to hang on to it. It definitely looks like we're going to have to run really well at Dover and Charlotte or even win." Behind Sadler and Suárez, Sprint Cup rookie Ryan Blaney finished third while Sam Hornish Jr . and Matt Tifft completed the top five. Tifft, a NASCAR Next alumnus made his XFINITY Series return after undergoing brain surgery in July to remove a remove a benign, low-grade glioma. Sadler leaves Kentucky Speedway with an eight-point lead in the standings and guaranteed admission to the next round of the Chase at Kansas Speedway in three weeks. Suárez (+27 points above the cutoff line) is second in the Chase standings, followed by Brendan Gaughan (+21), Ryan Reed (+19), Darrell Wallace Jr . (+19), Justin Allgaier (+17), Brennan Poole (+16), Blake Koch (+15), Erik Jones (-3), Ryan Sieg (-5), Brandon Jones (-15) and Ty Dillon (-15). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Sadler on boss Dale Jr.: I'm 'honored ... to win for him'
RELATED: Saturday's at-track photos " Results " Standings DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Elliott Sadler said Friday that JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s announcement that he will not return to Sprint Cup racing this season gave his own No. 1 team "incentive to finish on a high note." That high note came sooner rather than later, as Sadler held off a fast-charging Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez to win Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway . Following the burnout, Sadler stood on the car across the start-finish line and let out a cheer, full of emotion. The past few weeks have been rough for the No. 1 Chevrolet driver, between his mother's illness and his uncertain future, with OneMain Financial only recently deciding to re-sign. And of course, his boss, friend and mentor Earnhardt Jr.'s tough situation that has been prevalent in his mind. "This is for Dale Earnhardt Jr .," Sadler said, looking into the camera and giving a thumbs-up in Victory Lane. "… This is for you, my man." Earnhardt Jr. also tweeted shortly after Sadler took the checkered flag, wishing his driver a huge congratulations. Fittingly, Sadler's first call came from the bossman himself shortly after, in the midst of victory celebrations. "To hear his voice and jubilation and yelling and screaming and saying a lot of the cool things he likes to say -- I can't really repeat a lot right now," Sadler said. "He and I have a special relationship and have for a long time." Junior's day continued on its upswing, as JRM's Cole Custer won the pole for the Camping World Truck Series Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . 00 @colecuster00 on the pole for the @NASCAR_Trucks weekend keeps getting better — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 3, 2016 For Sadler, this XFINITY win is about giving back to a friend who has afforded him so much. "Look, he's a real race car driver, guys," Sadler said. "He's a true-grit, blue-collar guy … he's one of the good guys. And to see him have to take a step back is really tough on him, but to see him handling it the way he is means a lot to me as driver, but also as a friend. He's given me a great opportunity to drive his cars this year and I think he 100 percent pays attention to what we do and how good we run. "And I think maybe he can feed some his excitement through us. Since he's not in a race car, to hear him talking on the telephone today -- it's neat to hear that excitement in his voice and give him something to be proud of, give him something to cheer about when he's had so much bad news as far as him being able to race. "… I'm very honored and humbled to be the one to be able to win for him."
Elliott Sadler to join JR Motorsports for '16 season
DOVER, Del. -- The relationship between veteran drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Elliott Sadler isn't new. Before JR Motorsports was even a thought in Junior's mind, the duo raced against one another in late models years ago and formed a kinship off the track. The pair's relationship added a new facet on Friday, when officials announced at Dover International Speedway that Elliott would drive for Earnhardt-owned JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. Earnhardt Jr. broke the news earlier in the day via Periscope. "I'm excited to work with Elliott full-time and give him the best opportunity we can, to put him in the best car we can and to get to work with all our guys," Earnhardt said during the press conference at Dover on Friday. "... It's going to be a lot of fun. Winning races is great, but when you do it with your friends, it's even better." "We've been friends a long time and I feel like we've had each others' backs on and off the track a long time." Elliott added. "I think when you're vested personally like we are, I think to put this group together is going to be very, very exciting. "It makes you want to -- on so many different levels -- to do a good job and perform like you're supposed to. Not only on the race track, but off the race track." Elliott's number and crew chief are yet to be determined, but he will bring long-time sponsor OneMain Financial from his current Roush Fenway Racing ride. In a sport that thrives on sponsorship, a long-term supporter like OneMain Financial gives team owner Earnhardt a sense of steadiness. "Elliott has worked with One Main for a very long time so that's an easy relationship to trust and get behind and be a part of," Earnhardt said. " … I will say when we told our employees on the shop floor, they were ecstatic. It brings stability and those people really depend on that. When they see those cars go out of the shop without a sponsor on them, that makes everybody nervous." JR Motorsports currently fields three cars in the XFINITY Series with reigning series champion Chase Elliott and Regan Smith behind the wheel full-time, and a group of drivers, including Ben Rhodes as well as Sprint Cup stars Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne piloting the third car. For Sadler, who has won 10 races in the XFINTY Series and three times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the chance to drive for an established team like JRM is a prime opportunity – one that supersedes getting back into a Sprint Cup car for now. "I want to be competitive in the XFINITY Series. I want to win races," Elliott said. "... There's nothing like leaving your house on a weekend going to the race track, knowing you have the opportunity to lead laps, sit on poles, run up front. "... My goal right now, and my heart and soul, and my passion is still very great when I come to the track. But it's more what I can do on Saturdays and what I can do in the XFINITY Series. If I go out and do a great job and win every race and those ( Sprint Cup ) opportunities come, we'll look at that at that time. "But right now, man, we've got to jump on this -- this is great."
Driver Sober 200 postponed at Dover
The Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway has been postponed and will be run prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, October 2nd.