Chevrolet takes 6 of top-10 places

Sadler in the No. 2 car with Justin Allgaier on the inside during race action.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his Nationwide Series title defense in full gear by winning the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10.

Stenhouse (Ford) edged 53-year-old and four-time Las Vegas Nationwide race winner Mark Martin (Toyota) out of the pits during a caution to take the lead for the first time with 55 laps remaining. The 24-year-old Stenhouse held off Martin after the last two restarts and then became untouchable from there.

Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet team earned a third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after Sadler captured their first pole award of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Coming off a victory the previous week at Phoenix International Raceway, Sadler and the No. 2 crew kicked off the 200-lap event from the front of the field, leading the first 26 laps.

Early in the event, Sadler communicated to crew chief Luke Lambert he felt the car hitting the track hard, causing the steering wheel to jerk back in his hands. Lambert and the No. 2 crew quickly developed a game plan to alleviate the concern.

At the halfway marker, Lambert called Sadler to come down pit road for an extended stop, changing four tires, fuel and opening the hood of the car to make a chassis adjustment to lift the front end of the Chevrolet Impala off the track. The No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet team restarted in the 20th position on lap 103, the last car on the lead lap. With the splitter problem fixed, Sadler quickly picked off cars, and by lap 170, he worked his way back into the top five.