DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Elliott Sadler has to be wondering what he has to do to get back to victory lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Sadler’s winless streak now extends to 55 races as it goes back to his last win back in Sept. 2016 at the Kentucky Speedway. Since then, Sadler has been close so many times, but his No. 1 Chevrolet just hasn’t been able to get past that proverbial finish line first.
Take the two races at the Daytona International Speedway this year as prime examples. Back in February, Sadler nearly tied with his JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick for the season opening race win. Reddick, beat Sadler by a margin of 0.000-seconds.
Yes, Sadler has the closest defeat in NASCAR history.
On Friday night in the Coca Cola Firecracker 250, Sadler once again finished runner-up. This time, it was by another very slim margin. He was beat by Kyle Larson by just 0.005-seconds.
Another narrow side-by-side at the line finishes and another race where Sadler was the one coming up just short.
He’s getting tired of it. He apologized to his crew and his fans after the race saying they’re too good to keep getting this close but not being able to be the one celebrating in victory lane. See, this was Sadler’s third straight second place finish at Daytona. He was also runner-up in this very race last year too. He came home second in July 2015 as well.
At Talladega back in the spring, he finished fifth. This season alone, he as 14 top 10 finishes in 16 races, 13 of which inside the top five.
He’s growing more and more frustrated.