NASCAR Xfinity driver Elliott Sadler returns to Daytona but not looking for redemption

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #9 BurgerFi Chevrolet, crosses the finish line in front of Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The last time NASCAR Xfinity veteran Elliott Sadler raced at Daytona International Speedway he left somewhat deflated. After all, in that race in February Sadler lost to his JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick in the closest finish in NASCAR history.

It’s a race that’s still in the front of Sadler’s thoughts nearly six months later.

“We came off turn 4, I was trying to figure out whether to side draft or not and then also try and figure out what the two Ryan’s were going to do behind me,” Sadler said Thursday at Daytona.  “If they were going to push Tyler (Reddick) or push me or maybe try to make it three wide. There’s a lot going on in these restrictor plate races from the middle of turn 3 and 4, all the way back to the start-finish line. It’s a lot of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘could-ifs’ from my point of view that maybe I should have done different or played it out different in my head, but there was so much happening so quick you just got to kind of respond to what’s happening around you.”

“I mean that was close,” he added MORE>>>

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