A wild incident late in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway resulted in two spinning cars despite no contact between them.
Running in the top five on Lap 241 of 267, Denny Hamlin attempted to split the cars of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson entering turn 3. Hamlin lost control of his No. 11 Toyota just as Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford also began to spin.
Hamlin then tagged Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet and also pinned Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford up against the outside wall.
“I was going in there three-wide,” said Hamlin, who was trying to rebound from two earlier speeding penalties.. “I wasn’t letting off, and (Larson) was just too close up there. It wasn’t his fault by any means, but we were both trying to drive in there to clear each other, and I just got loose.
“I mean that’s crazy there was no contact, but both me and (Keselowski) got loose there. … I was just going for it. I’ve got the win and that’s part of this format is going for it and that’s what we did.”
Logano got the worst of it, finishing 38th. Though not locked into the playoffs with a victory, he still fell only two spots to seventh in the points standings.
“We made some good changes on it and actually made it to where I thought it was a possible winning car with all the circumstances going right,” he said. “It’s just racing. Things happen sometimes.”