JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler, from Emporia, Virginia, returns to his home state hoping to not only get his first win of the 2017 season, but also lock up the NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship this Friday night at the Richmond Raceway in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). To clinch the regular season title though, Sadler would need a 61-point lead over second-place in the driver standings following Friday night’s race.
He is currently 91 points ahead of second.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series Regular Season championship is more than just an accomplishment with a title, as it also comes with 15 playoff points; which equals three wins’ worth of playoff points to take to the postseason.
Though Sadler has yet to win in 2017, he has been a dominant competitor on the track. Not only has he posted the series-most in top fives (9) and top 10s (17), but he has also been the points leader following every race but two this season.
Sadler is not only looking for his first win of the season, but also his first win of his career at Richmond Raceway. In 28 series career starts at Richmond, he has posted four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 13.8. He finished seventh in the spring race earlier this season.