Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch and Joey Logano were drafting partners and contenders for the win throughout Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway - until the second corner of the final lap.
Busch was pushing his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, but off-center contact sent Logano spinning. Busch took the blame for the accident.
"It was just unfortunate with Joey there," Busch said after watching the replay of the incident. "We had two great race cars all day. We worked together the whole time. All we wanted to do was bring it home in one piece, and unfortunately we didn't make it - just circumstances. I saw the 4 (of eventual winner Tony Stewart) coming up in my mirror really, really quick, so I tried to block the middle and come down just a little bit.
"Obviously, that off-centered me from Joey's rear bumper and turned him sideways-completely my fault. Unintentional, but just trying to make it to where the 4 didn't have room to shoot up through the middle of us there and make us all three-wide (and) all pushing each other. I hate it for those guys and Joey. ... Just unfortunate at the end there."
Busch finished seventh and Logano 12th.
"It's not his fault," Logano said. "It's just a product of this racing we've got. It sucks because you can't do nothing about it. There's nothing else we can do to make us stop doing it and unfortunately it's just ridiculously stupid at the end of the day, and we were wrecking each other so that's the hard part."