2015 Xfinity Season in Review: Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler

CREW CHIEF: Phil Gould (in 2015) / Kevin Meendering (in 2016)

TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing (2015) / JR Motorsports (2016)

POINTS: 6th

WINS: 0

TOP 5s: 4

TOP 10s: 17

LAPS LED: 33

POLES: 0

WHAT WENT RIGHT: While Roush Fenway Racing struggled in the Sprint Cup Series, it did quite well in the Xfinity Series, placing four drivers in the top-10 in the final standings: Series champion Chris Buescher, Sadler (6th), Darrell Wallace Jr. (7th) and Ryan Reed (10th). … Although he failed to win a race in 2015, Sadler had a decent season, finishing sixth in one of the tightest Xfinity Series points races in several seasons. … It was the fifth straight season that Sadler finished in the top 10 in the Xfinity Series. … Sadler turned 40 in 2015.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Inconsistency was a problem at times in 2015. Plus, Sadler managed just 24 lead lap finishes, his fewest since returning full time to the Xfinity Series in 2011. He also had one DNF. … While it was his fifth consecutive top-10 Xfinity season finish, 2015’s sixth-place showing was also his first season finish outside the top-five in that same stretch, as well. … After finishing with a 9.1 average start and 9.4 average finish in 2014, Sadler regressed to a 12.2 average start and a 11.6 average finish in 2015.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2016: By joining JR Motorsports for 2016 and bringing longtime sponsor One Main Financial with him, Sadler is returning home in a sense, having previously driven four races for JRM in 2010. Sadler will be teamed with Justin Allgaier. … JRM will be Sadler’s third different organization and manufacturer in as many years, having previously driven in 2013-2014 for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota), 2015 for Roush Fenway Racing (Ford) and now for JRM and Chevrolet in 2016. … Sadler’s crew chief will be Kevin Meendering, who served as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s chief engineer on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

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