Logano wins 2nd straight Nationwide race
05/12/2012 12:00 AM
05/12/2012 4:12 PM
Joey Logano wrecked leader Elliott Sadler five laps from the end, then broke free during a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway for his second straight Nationwide Series victory.
Logano was in third place after the fifth caution period tightened up the race at the end. Logano bumped Sadler at the restart, turning the lead car into the wall. Logano then shot past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin during NASCAR’s version of overtime and held on for his third series victory of the season.
Hamlin finished second, giving him five top-two placings in his seven Nationwide races here. Brad Keselowski was third followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon.
Danica Patrick was 12th and extreme sports star Travis Pastrana was 17th in his second-ever series race.
After the bump, Sadler was visibly angry when he left the car, pacing and grimacing while his team inspected the damage. Sadler said he understood what Logano was doing, but he needed to show awareness of how treacherous Darlington can be.
“You just don’t bump draft every place you go, especially not at a place like Darlington,” Sadler said.
Logano apologized to Sadler on the 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”
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