Joey Logano got his first ever win at Darlington in NASCAR and made it two in a row in the Nationwide Series tonight. But not without controversy.
Logano tried to push Elliott Sadler past Denny Hamlin on a restart with five laps remaining, but he ended up turning Sadler head-on into the wall. At the time, Sadler was the series points leader. Now he is more than 20 points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The race was dominated by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin led most of the laps, but had a hard time getting up to speed on restarts later in the race. Hamlin said afterwards that he lost a cylinder. He made a late charge on Logano on the final restart, but was unable to get alongside of Logano. Hamlin had to settle for a second place finish.
The race started off with a few early cautions; the earliest was on lap two when 18-year-old Ryan Blaney got loose in turn two and smacked the wall hard. Jeremy Clements got into the inside wall hard trying to avoid Blaney.
After the early cautions the race went green until lap 132 when Kurt Busch blew a right front tire to bring out a caution.
18 cars finished on the lead lap. Kasey Kahne was the last car on the lead lap. Kahne got caught up in the wreck with Sadler.
First-Timers at the Track Too Tough To Tame:
Danica Patrick, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Blaney made their first starts at Darlington Raceway tonight. It didn't go so well for Blaney who crashed on the second lap, but Pastrana and Patrick both had good nights.
Patrick started 15th and ran on the lead lap the whole race. She finished 12th.
Pastrana qualified 25th but started the race from the rear of the field. At one point Pastrana went two laps down but he was able to come back to finish on the lead lap in 17th.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.