Elliott Sadler’s lead in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series over runner-up Chase Elliott is a mere four points. Regan Smith is eight points back.
That’s not a bother for Sadler as he prepares for Friday’s Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
“I think that if you worry yourself to death about points right now you’re going to be tore all to pieces by the time November gets here,” Sadler said. “We look at it and say, ‘OK, Regan is doing good and Chase is doing good.’ We feel like it’s a three-horse race right now, and it has been so far.
“As far as trying to critique it and worry yourself to death about how close you are, I think there’s no way it can be healthy for you week in and week out. We just race, man.”
Sadler has been consistent this season, with 11 top-10 finishes (including a fifth at Daytona in February) and a victory at Talladega. He’ll drive the same No. 11 Toyota on Friday that won at Talladegain May.
“We always have a good outlook for restrictor-plate races,” Sadler said. “We ran very well here in February and of course we had the win the last time we were at a restrictor-plate race so it’s always a wild one.”