Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Sadler still mad at NASCAR rival

JOLIET, Ill. — As if the temperatures at Chicagoland Speedway weren't hot enough on Saturday in preparation for today's STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide series race, Elliott Sadler was even hotter.

Sadler still was seething over the wreck he had with series leader Regan Smith last week at New Hampshire.

"I'm still (angry) about it and Regan knows that," Sadler said. "He knows where I stand, he took 100 percent of the blame (and) understood why I'm upset."

Smith called Sadler during the week to apologize about the wreck, fully taking the blame.

"I made the move and I can't take it back," Smith said. "My right front got into his left rear, and there's really no denying it."

Despite Smith's apology, Sadler said he'll race his opponent significantly differently from here on out.

"We talked and agreed our racing is going to change a little bit between us," Sadler said.

NHRA: Steve Torrence earned the top spot in Top Fuel qualifying at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver with a run of 3.880 seconds at 319.60 mph. Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Adam Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led their classes heading into today's eliminations.

ALMS: Mike Conway, subbing for fellow former IndyCar regular Ryan Briscoe, took the LMP2 class pole for today's Mosport Grand Prix in Bowmanville, Ontario.

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