Joey Logano took a bittersweet victory Friday, winning the VFW Sport Clips 200 at the Darlington Raceway but only after an incident that ruined the night for Nationwide Series point contender Elliott Sadler. It is his second-straight series win after claiming last Saturday's Talladega 312-miler and winning at Fontana in March.
On a late restart, Logano nudged Sadler, sending him across the nose of Denny Hamlin's car and into the outside retaining wall. Sadler, who came into the race trailing Ricky Stenhouse by a slim margin, wound up with a heart-breaking 24th-place finish.
Logano was able to hold off Hamlin, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, for the win. Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr., and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five. Compounding Sadler's dismay, Stenhouse placed sixth and stretched his margin in the points race to 23 points over his rival in last year's title fight which the Roush-Fenway Racing driver won.
Completing the top-10 were Brian Scott, Kurt Busch, James Buescher, and Cole Whitt. Danica Patrick, in her first Darlington race, was a solid 12th. Extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana was a respectable 17th in his second-career series start.