NASCAR At Darlington Nationwide Series Results: Joey Logano Apologizes After Spinning Elliott Sadler

Joey Logano expressed remorse for unintentionally spinning Elliott Sadler toward the end of Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway, saying the incident made his victory "bittersweet."

With five laps to go, Logano lined up third behind race leader Sadler, who was on two older tires. When Sadler slightly spun his tires, Logano's shove got him out of shape and the No. 2 car spun and crashed.

"First and foremost, I need to apologize to Elliott," Logano said. "That wasn't intentional. I was trying to help him."

On the restart prior to the one in question, Logano successfully pushed Sadler and gave him momentum going into Turn 1. But when he tried to do the same thing again, it didn't work.

"I kept trying to push him," Logano said. "I was trying to shove him ahead. It worked the first time ... once he started getting sideways, I couldn't get off him in time. I was trying to lift ... I shoved him around."

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver said, "You don't want to win 'em that way," and was cognizant of the fact Sadler was running for points.

Sadler went from sitting just five points out of the Nationwide championship lead to 23 points behind the top spot after Darlington.

"Your heart drops," Logano said. "You know he's running for points. You know the championship is really close between him and (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.). You don't want to be the guy who does something like that, you know?

"We're all out there trying to win the race, but at no point in my mind was I ever like, 'I'm going to wreck him to win this thing.' I don't want to win races that way."

Logano placed a call to Sadler before he even reached the media center, but the call went to voicemail and he left a message. He planned to try and find Sadler in person before the night was over to apologize in person.

Here are the full results from Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Darlington:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Sam Hornish Jr.
  5. Austin Dillon
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  7. Brian Scott
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. James Buescher
  10. Cole Whitt
  11. Joe Nemechek
  12. Danica Patrick
  13. Justin Allgaier
  14. Michael Annett
  15. Mike Bliss
  16. Timmy Hill
  17. Travis Pastrana
  18. Kasey Kahne
  19. Jeff Green
  20. Danny Efland
  21. Jason Bowles
  22. Morgan Shepherd
  23. Jamie Dick
  24. Elliott Sadler
  25. Josh Richards
  26. Brendan Gaughan
  27. Derrike Cope
  28. Matt Frahm
  29. Erik Darnell
  30. Mike Wallace
  31. Tayler Malsam
  32. T.J. Bell
  33. Jeremy Clements
  34. Blake Koch
  35. Kevin Lepage
  36. Tony Raines
  37. Mike Harmon
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. Josh Wise
  40. Casey Roderick
  41. Chase Miller
  42. Scott Speed
  43. Ryan Blaney
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