Sadler holds off Hamlin for 1st Darlington win
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Elliott Sadler won for the first time at Darlington Raceway, holding off defending champion Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday.
Sadler was second on the track ''Too Tough To Tame'' in this event in 2013 and 2014, trailing Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch both times. In this one, Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Hamlin, made a late charge and nosed in front two laps from the end.
But Sadler held strong through the final turns and crossed in front to earn the checkered flag at Darlington for the first time in 32 career starts - 18 in Sprint Cup, 13 in Xfinity and one in the truck series.
''I've been want to win here for a long time,'' Sadler crowed after.
Hamlin ended second after leading 47 of 147 laps. Daniel Suarez was third and Kyle Larson, last week's Sprint Cup winner at Michigan, was fourth.