Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Elliott Sadler earns Xfinity win at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Elliott Sadler won for the first time at Darlington Raceway, holding off defending champion Denny Hamlin in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity series race.

Hamlin charged late and nosed in front two laps from the end of the Help a Hero 200. But Sadler held strong through the final turns in his first checkered flag at Darlington in 32 NASCAR starts — 18 in Sprint Cup, 13 in Xfinity and one in trucks.

Sadler, 41, who drives for JR Motorsports, said the victory was for boss Dale Earnhardt Jr., who Friday announced he is out for the season with concussion symptoms.

"My owner has given me one heck of an opportunity," Sadler said. "I know he's gone through a lot this year. This one's for you, my man."

Earnhardt posted on Twitter: "I'm so proud of @Elliott—Sadler and @JRMotorsports!!!!!"

IndyCar: Scott Dixon earned the pole for today's Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International with a track record of 147.008 mph on the 3.37-mile circuit. Will Power was second, followed by St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais. New Port Richey's RC Enerson, 19, will line up 11th for his second series start.

F1: Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, edging Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Trucks: Cole Custer earned the pole with a lap of 111.808 mph for today's Chevrolet Silverado 250 on the road course in Bowmanville, Ontario.

NHRA: Steve Torrence led Top Fuel after two qualifying runs at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Qualifying ends today.

Elliott Sadler earns Xfinity win at Darlington 09/03/16 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Former Lightning forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with cancer, expects to keep playing

    Lightning Strikes

    New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor said can largely be treated with medication.

    Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor says can be treated with medication, the Devils announced Tuesday. [AP photo]
  2. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Preseason storylines to watch

    Blogs

    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes podcast, Joe Smith and columnist Tom Jones set up the preseason with storylines to watch, as well as expectations for the season. Will defenseman Mikhail …

    Will defenseman Mikhail Sergachev make the Lightning?
  3. Florida Gators announce 2018 football schedule

    Blogs

    The Florida Gators announced their 2018 football schedule Tuesday, including an early SEC game against Kentucky and a matchup against Colorado State, which was part of coach Jim McElwain's buyout from the Rams.

  4. For starters: Rays vs. Cubs in Joe Maddon's return to Trop

    Blogs

    Joe Maddon's return to the Trop will be the main story tonight, but there is still a baseball game to be played, between a Cubs team surging toward another division title with six straight wins and a Rays team struggling to keep alive a longshot bid for the second AL wildcard spot.

    RHP Chris Archer will be on …

    Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since leaving the Rays to become manager of the Cubs.
  5. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

    Bucs

    Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder …

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) during a 2016 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]