A relatively uneventful Nationwide race at New Hampshire got wild over the final laps as a fuel mileage race turned into a festival of green-white-checker restarts, including Elliott Sadler's spin on the penultimate lap of the race.
On that final restart, Regan Smith started behind Sadler in the third row and dove to Sadler's inside as they headed into turn one. That put Sadler in the middle three-wide, and there just wasn't enough room. Smith's right front got into Sadler and around he went.
Sadler spun in front of most of the field, but wasn't hit by anyone else. And because the race was on its final GWC attempt, NASCAR kept it green. Sadler finished 18th, the final car on the lead lap.
Kyle Busch, the eventual race winner, dominated all day and was set to cruise to victory before Chad Hackenbracht spun to set up the first attempt at a GWC. An attempt that was quickly aborted shortly after the green flag flew when Landon Cassill was out of fuel in turn three.
On attempt two, with Busch still holding the lead, he almost made it back to the white flag, but Joey Logano made contact with Paul Menard as they were three wide with Trevor Bayne, and Menard went around. So did Parker Kligerman, who was behind the two, and he spun to the inside grass where he ended up stuck in the mud.
NASCAR red-flagged the race, setting up the final restart. Had the race stayed under caution, it's likely that many, if not all, of the leaders attempting to stretch their fuel tanks to the end would have run out of gas during the long caution.
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