Elliott Sadler grabbed the lead on a late-race restart in Saturday's inaugural Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis but NASCAR soon black-flagged him for jumping the restart. His chance at the win and another $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus disappeared. As did most of his lead in the series standings over teammate Austin Dillon.
Brad Keselowski was the race leader on that restart. He spun his tires on the restart and was getting a push from behind by Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. and Sadler crossed the line before he did.
Keselowski's take on the incident:
“It happened really fast and I don’t
have a complete picture of what happened. So, it’s hard for me to make a
statement about it. I can tell you my perception of it was I got a push from
Sam and it was a little more than I could take. And certainly I wasn’t going
full-throttle but I was not in the zone when Elliott (Sadler) took off. It
appeared that Elliott got a push from behind as well and maybe he just couldn’t
slow down, I don’t know. I don’t know how it all played out," he said.
"I think NASCAR
has made it a point to say that they’re not going to measure down to a
millimeter on who beats who to the restart line. They just want it to be close
and fair. It was obvious that Elliott beat us by more than that. That’s
NASCAR’s call as far as how it all worked out in the box and so forth. It’s
very difficult to say from my view and I’d like to see a full replay to kind of
verify some of the things that I saw. Obviously, NASCAR saw something they
didn’t like and made a call accordingly. That’s their job.”