2016 Season in Review: Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler

CREW CHIEF: Kevin Meendering (32 races), Mike Bumgarner (one race)

TEAM: JR Motorsports

POINTS: 2nd

WINS: 3 (Talladega, Kentucky, Darlington)

LAPS LED: 123

Top 5s: 14 (most since 2012)

TOP 10s: 29 (career best)

POLES: None

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Chase, finishing third in the title race and second in the final standings … Won his first NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway in his 31st start at the track … Was ruled the winner of the Talladega race after a caution came out coming to the checkered flag … Finished outside the top 10 four times  … Finished in top 10 in 16 of last 18 races … Recorded no DNFs.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Crew chief Kevin Meendering was suspended for the championship race after violating NASCAR’s lug nut rule … Finished off the lead lap just twice (Bristol I, Charlotte II) … Finished outside the top 20 once (Charlotte II).

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2016: Returns to the No. 1 car at JR Motorsports as the senior veteran driver of the four full-time drivers.