At Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, a late-race collision involving William Byron as well as Joey Logano set up a contentious ending.
With 25 of 293 circuits remained, Logano lined up in front of Byron and Tyler Reddick on the last start. During Turn 2, Logano thought Byron pushed him up the track to accomplish an overtake for the lead.
Logano didn’t hesitate to recover the lead at Turn 3 with one race remaining after methodically chasing Byron down.
Logano hit Byron in the back bumper, sending him up the track and putting Logano in the lead. Logano completed a 40-race scoreless drought after clipping the barrier on the closing laps.
“I mean, we were really close off of (Turn) 2 and I think it spooked him and got him tight, and he was right against the wall and I got the lead,” said Byron, who ended up finishing 13th. “He’s just an idiot. He does this stuff all the time. I’ve seen it with other guys.
“He drove in there 10 miles an hour too fast, and with these Next Gen cars, he slammed me so hard it knocked the whole right side off the car and no way to make the corner.
“Yeah, he’s just a moron. He can’t win a race so it does it that way.”
Logano undoubtedly was among the fatest car in the event until the last restart. He dominated a race-high 107 circuits and 9 times, more than any other racer.
Byron, on the other hand, didn’t think what happened on the last restart deserved Logano’s late-race move.
“I don’t know, we’ll – yeah, it was close racing on the restart. We were faster than him,” Byron said. “Obviously at the end, the right-rear started to go away, and yeah, he didn’t even make it a contest.”
Logano had a different perspective.
“I don’t know if he meant to get into me and fence me, but he did and at that point I felt like it was ‘game-on,’ ” he said.
“I was able to get back to him there the last few laps, pushing really hard, and just knew that was my shot to win the thing and I had to take it.”
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