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Elliott Sadler takes Xfinity series win on 41st birthday

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Elliott Sadler celebrated his 41st birthday Saturday with his first Xfinity series win in almost two years.

So he didn't mind waiting through a five-minute postrace review to be named the winner of the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR had to determine who was leading when a caution froze the field in overtime. Brennan Poole crossed the finish line first, but NASCAR said Sadler was ahead when the field was frozen.

"People don't know how hard it is to win these races. It's very emotional," Sadler said, choking back tears. "It's a great birthday gift to me. Man, we needed this win."

Sadler's last victory, on May 4, 2014, also was at Talladega.

Poole harbored no ill will over the final result, though he was dropped to third.

"Just glad that they were able to take the time to get it right and happy they are able to get the trophy to the rightful winner," Poole said. "I just wish it was us."

Justin Allgaier was second. Sadler, one of only two Xfinity regulars to win this season, earned a spot in the series' inaugural Chase for the Championship.

F1: Series leader Nico Rosberg took the pole for today's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another car failure in qualifying. Two-time defending series champ Hamilton had a repeat of the power-unit problem that left him at the back of the grid for the last race in China.

NHRA: Tim Wilkerson topped Funny Car qualifying at the Springnationals in Baytown, Texas, setting career and track records with a run of 3.899 seconds at 327.59 mph. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also led heading into today's eliminations.

Elliott Sadler takes Xfinity series win on 41st birthday 04/30/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:50pm]
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