Scott Dixon and Colton Herta crashed while fighting for second inside 25 laps to go in the DXC 600.
Colton Herta went for it and Scott Dixon denied him.
That was the basis behind the final caution on Saturday night in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Herta had methodically worked his way up from the 10th starting position and was challenging for the win with 25 laps remaining when disaster struck.
Running within a half second of leader Josef Newgarden, Herta dived under Dixon, was pinched and spun. The contact sent both drivers sideways in front of the oncoming field. Alexander Rossi just narrowly darted left to avoid the melee and no further harm came to any competitor.
Well, besides bruised feelings.
“Dixon turned down on me,” Herta said. “I don’t know. He usually doesn’t race like that. I guess his spotter didn’t tell him he was there. He just slammed the door and put me on the apron.”
The five-time champion didn’t necessarily disagree.
“I heard ‘looking, looking’ so I started to track down,” Dixon said on the NBC Sports broadcast. “I had to close it off because it was towards the end of the race and then, as I looked down, I saw his shadow on the apron and was like, ‘this isn’t going to work out.’ Sorry if it was my fault. I was pushing, trying to get the most out of it.”
Dixon’s wife tweeted the following two hours after the race:
“Shame @scottdixon9 gave an interview before he saw the replay.. he feels a lot differently about the situation now. Just glad both drivers are ok. Such a shame for Scott and Colton . Both possible winning cars for sure. Onwards…”
With his two closest pursuers eliminated, Newgarden just needed to hold off a hard-charging Alexander Rossi over the final 13 laps. Dixon and Herta finished 17th and 18th respectively.
The crash was especially damaging to Dixon’s championship hopes, as he entered the event fourth in the standings and 52 points out of the lead. With the incident he fell to 89 points out of the top spot.
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