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In the Draft: One of the 'four horseman'

July 12, 2011, Elliott Sadler, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Busy couple weeks with a lot of in-car time at Daytona and Kentucky

Well, we are already in the middle of July! Things are heating up with the No. 2 OneMain Financial team. Right now, we sit atop the Nationwide Series points standings going into this weekend at New Hampshire. The tight points race is great for the sport, and I know all the drivers love the competitive atmosphere.

Daytona was great. I love the atmosphere that the Fourth of July weekend brings. Everyone gets amped up to go to the big summer showdown at the track. I was lucky enough to be a part of a big weekend for our sponsor, OneMain Financial, with my bossman Kevin Harvick and I sporting the colors of the organization. With Kevin Harvick Inc. bringing four cars to the track, Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and I were nicknamed "the Four Horsemen" for the weekend. I know it was a proud moment for DeLana and Kevin when all four qualified in the top four spots for the race.

The race was fun ... with the new drafting pattern, KHI had an advantage with four cars that could work together for most of the race. Right off the bat, Harvick and I teamed up with our machines and pushed each other to the front. It's definitely different racing like that with these new Nationwide Series cars, but it just adds another level of competition to the race. Stewart and I teamed up toward the end of the race, and we were fast together.

Unfortunately, you never know what is going to happen at Daytona. We got into a mess at the end and wrecked across the finish line to finish eighth. I'm just glad everyone was able to walk away.

This past weekend we were at Kentucky Speedway, and boy, did I have a busy weekend. Running in both the Truck and Nationwide series is a blast, but it does make for long days. I've tested there quite a few times in the past, but this was the first time there in a Truck or Nationwide Series car. I drove the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado on Thursday night, and we had a good run going, but got caught up in an unlucky pit sequence. After a green-flag stop, the caution flag flew, sending us to the back of the pack. We were able to fight back, though, to finish in the sixth position at the end of the race.

On the Nationwide side, we had a great weekend. We earned our second pole of the season with a really fast car. When the green flag dropped on the race, we were ready to go. During one of the pit stops, the guys were concerned about the right-rear tire. It seemed like something was rubbing it all the way to the canvas layer, which could ruin our whole night if it went flat. I brought the No. 2 in a few times to fix the problem. Thankfully, we found the problem early enough and didn't go a lap down, so I was able to push my way through the field.

The race became a fuel-mileage battle to the end. I was able to save enough fuel to get across the finish line in the fifth position. It's amazing how much engineering and math goes into figuring out fuel mileage, and the best way to save.

I really can't say it enough, but I'm surrounded by a team full of competitors. They work hard week in and week out, and it's great to continually see those results. Being on top of the driver's point standings is a great feeling ... but I know we have a long way to go.

I'm off to the beach this week to spend time with my family before heading to New Hampshire. Our family has been going to the Outer Banks for years, so it's going to be fun to get away for a few days and relax.

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.