Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wasn’t going to allow Danica Patrick to come between him and Brad Keselowski on Sunday night.
Unfortunately, Patrick, his girlfriend, and Keselowski received the worst of it as Stenhouse took his fellow drivers three-wide on the Lap 319 restart in the Coca-Cola 600.
Stenhouse bumped off of Patrick and sent her spinning into Keselowski’s rear quarter panel to ignite the eighth caution of the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I’m all right,” Keselowski said. “I didn’t know we were three-wide, dude.”
“I never said you weren’t,” replied spotter Joey Meier.
“You never said I was,” Keselowski said.
Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion, started the race 20th and was running 21st at the time of the accident. He entered the race seventh in the point standings, and limped to the garage in 32nd position.
Keselowski humbly took responsibility for the wreck even though the replay revealed a different story.
“I was three-wide with Danica and didn’t know it and I cut her off and wrecked her and myself,” Keselowski said. “I feel bad for her and I send my apologies to her. It’s just a long night for the Miller Lite Ford.
“We’ll move on. That’s all you can do.”
Patrick was posted 29th when she retired. Stenhouse continued on in the race.