Elliott Sadler Gets the Victory in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series Race at PIR: Fan Recap

While NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway will get underway in just a few hours, the Nationwide Series race, Bashas Supermarkets 200, took place on Saturday afternoon. It was Elliott Sadler who crossed the finish line first, getting his first victory in the Nationwide Series since 1998.

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Sadler's last NASCAR win was in 2010 in the truck series, and he also had a victory in 2004 in the Sprint Cup Series. Finally breaking his 91 race losing streak, Sadler remarked, " It's a very emotional win. We all know how long it has been since I've been in victory lane."

Sadler is now the points leader in the series, with Austin Dillon ten points behind, Trevor Bayne sitting at third place, 17 points behind, and Cole Whitt 18 points out of the lead.

While it was Sadler's day to shine on Saturday, Danica Patrick continues to fall behind. Patrick started at 30th, and ended up in 21st place, three laps behind the leaders. The good news for Patrick may be that she wasn't involved in any accidents. With so many dramatic collisions and mangled wrecks out on the track recently, she does have something to be grateful for.

Coming in at second , was Brad Keselowski, who was just barely edged out by Sadler. He commented after the race, " We've come out of the gate with two strong runs this year. I would have liked to move up one more spot, but we just couldn't catch Elliott."

Still, the driver who has become widely known for his Twitter skills had an impressive day, and it'll be exciting to watch him in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.

Driving the Roush Fenway Ford, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. came in at third place, while 21-year-old Austin Dillon, was the highest finishing rookie, coming in at an impressive fourth place. Dillon is the grandson of legendary team owner of Richard Childress Racing, Richard Childress. Kevin Harvick, who also drove for Childress led for much of the race, but fell back and had to fight for a fifth place finish.

Sam Hornish, Jr. and Trevor Bayne finished in sixth and seventh place respectively. Kyle Busch complained about power problems with his car, ending up at 11th place.

This afternoon, the green flag will be waved in the Sprint Cup Series race, the Subway Fresh Fit 500, at 2:30 p.m. EST.

K.C. Dermody grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and has been a fan ever since.

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Updated Sunday, Mar 4, 2012