Ryan Newman narrowly avoided a major hit to his Chase hopes after he escaped an incident between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano that put Patrick in the wall.
With 89 laps to go, Patrick was tapped from behind by Joey Logano (already in the Eliminator Round thanks to his win last weekend at Kansas) and she spun into the Turn 4 wall.
Behind them was Newman, who went into a slide to dodge the wayward Patrick. Newman came to rest near the entrance to pit road with no damage to his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet. He would take four tires during the ensuing caution and went back on his way.
Meanwhile, Patrick was fuming after being spun by Logano. Jeff Gluck of USA Today caught the following radio conversations:
This may not be over, folks.
The race restarted with 82 laps to go – Logano was in the Top 10, while Newman and Patrick were back to running 18th and 19th respectively at the tail end of the lead lap.