JOLIET, Ill. —
The penalty was the result of a mixed message on the radio that ended with Hornish's team abruptly calling him into the pits.
"I knew exactly when I went across the line I was going to be speeding and there were no ifs, ands or buts about it," Hornish said. "They're like, 'Oh, I think we're good.' I'm like, 'We're not good. We're going to go to the back.'
"We had 150 laps to get it done, we knew we had a good race car. The biggest thing was just maintaining the composure getting back up in the field."
Sadler was still upset with Smith when the series arrived in Chicagoland this week. The dispute started when Smith spun Sadler around on the final restart in last Saturday's race at Loudon, costing him a shot at a solid top-10 finish and a potential $100,000 bonus.
Smith took responsibility for the accident, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the co-owner of Smith's car, also reached out to his longtime friend Sadler. But it did little to assuage Sadler's anger.
Perhaps fueled a bit by the incident, Sadler led three times for a race-high 81 laps on the 1.5-mile, D-shaped track right outside of Chicago. But he just couldn't stay with Logano and Hornish at the end.
"By the time that his car started falling off, it was too late for me to do enough," Hornish said. "Ran him down, only finished a couple car lengths behind him, but really good day for the Penske organization."