For some, being sick can be a crutch for an off day at the office or sports arena.

In the case of others, it could very well mean a chance to step it up and dig deep within your strength and soul, which is exactly what 37-year-old Elliott Sadler did and accomplished in winning style on Sunday at the Chicagoland Speedway.

The pride of Emporia, VA was in bed for nearly 30 consecutive hours, arriving at Joliet, IL worse for the wear with a stomach flu.  

Nevertheless, ready to do his job as the driver of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevy Impala.

Showing his prowess in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, last year's season runner-up has busted out of the gates eager to win that elusive division championship.  

After a trio of solid efforts in 1997-'98 and 2011, it looks like it's go time for the man who wants back in with the Sprint Cup circuit.

Starting 15th, Sadler charged his way to the front in his Hunt Brothers Pizza machine, patiently slicing his way through the field, finding himself in contention for the lead and more importantly, that important win in his quest for the series title.  

When asked about if he had any pride about battling it out sick with his race, the victor was stoic.

"You're damn right," Sadler said per AP Sports Writer Chris Jenkins' race recap via Yahoo! Sports.  "I told (car owner) Richard (Childress), I was like, 'I can handle this.'" 

With a hungry Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. within striking distance to chip away at Sadler's points lead and for the Nationwide "Dash 4 Cash" bonus, the points leader pulled away on the final restart of the day, which was a Green-White-Checkered finish.

Sadler's quest for win number three was aided by fellow Team Chevy racer Justin Allgaier, who pushed the Virginian and essentially hindered Stenhouse's efforts to nab the race win.

''I knew if I could time it just right and push him out, maybe we could race for the win,'' Allgaier said. ''We did that, and just lost a little bit of momentum in one and two, and that's what allowed Ricky to really get a run on the outside. But all in all, just a great day for us.''

Stenhouse ultimately got around Allgaier for the second spot on the last lap, but he didn't win the war, with Sadler driving away and taking his third win of 2012.

"We had it won," Stenhouse said in a matter of fact matter.

Unfortunately for the defending champion, he came up just a bit short in his quest for that win at Chicagoland.

Still, for Stenhouse, he's got bonus incentive to win next Saturday's Indiana 300 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

Not only will it be the NASCAR Nationwide Series' first foray at the famed Brickyard, it'll be the third race for the NASCAR Nationwide "Dash 4 Cash," a bonus program for the top four finishers of four NASCAR summer races.

At each race, if the eligilbe racer in the top four from a previous race nets the victory, they'll take home $100,000.  

Sadler, Stenhouse, Justin Allgaier, and Kenny Wallace (as of now) will be the top contenders for that bonus, although as of press time, Wallace's car was found too low during post-race inspection.

As usual, if any penalties are announced, they will be made at midweek by NASCAR.

Notably, Michael Annett, Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish, Jr., Cole Whitt, and Ryan Truex rounded out the top-10, while rookie candidate Johanna Long soldiered home in 21st position. 

Danica Patrick placed 14th while X-Games legend Travis Pastrana came home in 17th spot in his No. 99 Boost Mobile Phones Toyota Camry.

For now, to the victors go the spoils and for one ailing Elliott Sadler, it means partying it up but perhaps taking it easy on the stomach with a few Hunt Brother Pizzas with his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevy Impala team.