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In the Draft: Staying cool in the dog days of summer

July 29, 2011, Elliott Sadler, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Things are getting hot out there! I've received a lot of questions about how I handle the heat, especially racing in the steamy conditions the summer months bring. Honestly, it's all about conditioning yourself. I train all year long for the heat and strenuous conditions inside the car. Last week before heading to Nashville, I was on the roof of my house in Emporia, Va., that we are renovating, and let me tell you, it was much hotter up there than it was in that No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet. I also played about six softball games out in the 100+ degree heat, so I am pretty used to being hot. For fans coming out to the tracks this summer, stay cool! Staying hydrated is so important, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

Nationwide RaceView

The Nationwide Series version of RaceView 4.0 will make its debut this weekend. You can follow all the action in the Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

We were able to escape the heat two weeks ago for the Nationwide Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team worked hard all weekend long, but it was not one of our best finishes. The race concluded with a green-white-checkered finish, and when the green flag waved, another car hit me, sending me up the track. It shuffled me to a 12th-place finish. I wasn't thrilled about the result, but we kept pushing along.

Nashville is one of my favorite cities, so it is always fun to head to that area to race. Although the track is out of the main drag of Nashville, you always have good food and music. Even the track plays country music throughout the day. We had a winning car, running in the top three for most of the night. With less than 50 laps to go, the No. 2 crew had a great pit stop that was going to put us in the second position, until I felt something break in the car as I left pit road. Right away, I knew it wasn't good, so we took the car to the garage where we discovered it was a broken gear. The guys worked hard to fix it the best they could so we could get out on the track to finish the race. We finished in the 30th position, but getting back on the track moved us up one spot, which eventually helped us with points. I'm thankful to have such a talented team behind me working hard in every situation.

After the tough weekend in Nashville, we sit third in the Nationwide Series points standings; however, we are only 14 points behind Reed Sorenson, who has the lead. Both Reed and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are great competitors, so it is fun to see how this battle for the championship is panning out. The team has been working tirelessly to be at the top of our game, and we will continue striving to be the best this weekend in Indianapolis.

We will be racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this weekend, which is always a great experience for the fans and drivers. It's a unique track in that the fans can get so close to the action, sitting wrapped around the oval. It's fun as a driver to look out and see so many people sprawled out with their blankets and coolers coming out to see us race. NASCAR announced a few weeks ago that next season the Nationwide Series will be heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or the "big track" as we call it. It's definitely bittersweet for drivers because the "little track" provides such good racing, but it's great exposure for the teams and series to get to race at the famed Brickyard. One other reason I love going to Indy: Shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's!

Until next time, stay cool and 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.