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2017 Xfinity Season in Review: Elliott Sadler

NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 - Practice

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Elliott Sadler

CREW CHIEF: Kevin Meendering

TEAM: JR Motorsports


WINS: None

LAPS LED: 123 (same as 2016)

TOP 5s: 12

TOP 10s: 25

POLES: 1 (Indianapolis)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Led the points standings after all but two races in the regular season ... Finished runner-up twice (Talladega, Daytona II) ... Reached the Championship 4 for the second straight year despite not winning a race.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Failed to win a race for the fourth time since returning to Xfinity full-time in 2011 ... Lost his chance at first NASCAR title in the championship race when he made contact with Ryan Preece in the closing laps while trying to keep teammate William Byron in reach. The contact resulted in a cut tire and an eighth-place finish. ... Recorded three DNFs.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: Sadler, 42, returns to JR Motorsports for his ninth full-time Xfinity season. He will once again be seeking an elusive NASCAR title after finishing runner-up in the Xfinity standings for the fourth time.