Like the law of unintended consequences, Joey Logano thought he’d help push Elliott Sadler on a restart with five laps to go at Darlington on Saturday night.
Only when Sadler spun his tires the push didn’t go as planned and then the Nationwide race leader, Sadler, spun to the right into the wall wrecking his car.
"You just don't bump draft every place you go, especially not at a place like Darlington," Sadler said. He had been the series points leader entering the event.
Logano apologized to Sadler on his in-car radio moments after the incident. "Tell Elliott that I didn't mean to do that," he said. "I was trying to push him out ahead like the last restart. He started spinning his tires."
The race then went into a green-white-checker mode Logano blasted off on the restart holding off teammate, Denny Hamlin, by .255 seconds, for his second straight win, third of the season in a Toyota. Hamlin said he was running on seven cylinders at the end and couldn’t keep up with his teammate.
Logano said it felt like "heart dropped" when spun Sadler added: "You don't want to be the guy that does something like that."
Logano denied any intentional harm. "At no point in my mind did I think, 'Man, I'm going to wreck him to win the race.'"
Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. were third and fourth in Dodges, respectively.
Austin Dillon finished fifth in a Chevrolet.
Danica Patrick finished 12th and extreme sports star, Travis Pastrana finished 17th in his second NASCAR race.
"With rally, there's certain times that there's a 100-foot cliffs or trees or snow or fog or whatever and that's scary," Pastrana said "But this, you know what's coming up and the fact that it is still scary is still overwhelming."
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the polesitter in a Ford Mustang, finished sixth, taking over first place in the standings from Sadler by a margin of 23-points.