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In the Draft: Rare weekend off allows for relaxation, studying

September 20, 2011, Elliott Sadler, Special to NASCAR.COM, NASCAR.com

We're coming off a couple of sixth-place finishes at both Richmond and Chicago, and they have been great runs for our KHI team in this tight championship battle. We're gaining ground each week, but we can't get comfortable with that. There are only six races left on the schedule and we have to keep going into each weekend like it's the last chance to win.

"There are only six races left on the schedule and we have to keep going into each weekend like it's the last chance to win."

--ELLIOTT SADLER

After 14 consecutive weekends of races though, while the Truck and Cup teams are in New Hampshire we have a weekend off. It's been a pretty long stretch for the Nationwide Series, so I'm looking forward to some down time with my family and having some time to reflect on our season thus far.

One thing on my to-do list this weekend is to head to Raleigh to see my bud Blake Shelton perform. We've been friends for years, so it's always fun to hang out with him when our schedules align. Whenever Blake has a show in the area, my phone seems to ring just a little bit more from friends wanting to go to the concert. We always have a big group go together, so it should be a good time. I'll also have a chance to unwind with some college football.

I'm also going to take some time to prepare for the rest of the season. Homestead will be here before we know it, and the No.2 team is going to do everything in our power to be the final team left standing at the last race. For me, preparing for those races means watching past races, going over my notes and chatting with my crew chief, Ernie Cope, and other drivers. What we have left on our schedule is Dover, Kansas, Charlotte, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Four of those are 1.5-mile tracks, and I think that we have a strong intermediate-track program.

One of the biggest races of the season for our team is when we head to Dover International Speedway for the OneMain Financial 200 in two weeks. It's an exciting feeling to drive the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet in a race with the stands full of employees and customers. I'll have a busy weekend with many guests on hand, but it's going to be a lot of fun. We are going to do everything we can to get the No. 2 in Victory Lane at Dover!

Until next time ... HOLLA!

In the Draft with Elliott Sadler is a twice-monthly blog and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Follow him and the No. 2 KHI team on Twitter: @Elliott_Sadler, @OneMainRacing or @KHI_NNS.