Making the Right Moves Leaves Regan Smith in Victory Lane at Michigan

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Dicing through the pack towards the ending of Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide Series Race at Michigan allowed Regan Smith to take the lead late after Parker Kligerman had to pit. Kligerman played the rain game, but failed and that left a golden opportunity for Smith. This is win No.2 for Smith on the season and it increased his points lead to much more than a full-race. It all came together for Smith and that will allow him to leave the track in a better place than he entered it.

The action didn’t take long to get started. Lap 1 featured a multi-car wreck in turns 3 and 4. Alex Bowman got loose underneath Brian Scott and Bowman spun which forced the other cars to try and avoid him. Brian Vickers tried to go low, but that left him spinning through the grass and tearing up the nose of his car. In a separate incident behind the Bowman spin, Travis Pastrana spun out on his own and Jeffery Earnhardt nailed the side of his car. A wild start to the race would only get crazier as the laps began to rise.

A hard impact with the turn 4 wall by Dexter Stacey brought out the second yellow-flag of the race. Things calmed down a bit after the two quick cautions and Austin Dillon cruised out in front of the pack. Dillon lost the lead for the first time during the race on lap 69 when Joey Logano took the top spot over. Dillon’s day would only go downhill from there and on lap 70, he had to pit for a flat tire.

With rain threatening the area during the whole race, teams were trying to play the rain and strategy game. Joey Logano didn’t pit during the fourth caution, but when the rain didn’t come between then and the fifth caution, he had to make a trip down pit road.

Parker Kligerman found himself out front after the fifth caution, but he would have to pit again before the end of the race. He made the turn down pit road with 14 laps to go and handed the lead over to Regan Smith. Smith had a hungry Kyle Larson trailing him, but he was able to keep the young sensation in –check for the remaining laps.

Smith crossed the line first for the second time this season and it was his third win in the 14 races that he has been driving in the JR Motorsports entry. The second place driver in the points, Sam Hornish Jr, had engine issues during the race which meant this win for Smith gained him lots of points in the standings. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for Smith and he’ll be heading into Road America on a high note.

A day that was probably one of the most exciting the Nationwide Series has seen this season left Regan Smith in victory lane. It wasn’t a complete domination by Smith, but he made the right moves at the right time and that was the key to victory.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Regan Smith 7 Chevrolet

125

20

14

47

1

0

2 Kyle Larson 32 Chevrolet

125

11

0

42

0

0

3 Paul Menard 33 Chevrolet

125

2

0

0

0

0

4 Kyle Busch 54 Toyota

125

14

0

0

0

0

5 Trevor Bayne 6 Ford

125

4

1

40

1

0

6 Brad Sweet 5 Chevrolet

125

6

0

38

0

0

7 Chris Buescher 16 Ford

125

8

0

37

0

0

8 Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota

125

19

0

36

0

0

9 Nelson Piquet Jr. 30 Chevrolet

125

21

0

35

0

0

10 Brian Scott 2 Chevrolet

125

3

0

34

0

0

11 Joey Logano 22 Ford

125

10

13

0

0

0

12 Justin Allgaier 31 Chevrolet

125

7

0

32

0

0

13 Jeremy Clements 51 Chevrolet

124

22

0

31

0

0

14 Alex Bowman 99 Toyota

124

5

7

31

1

0

15 Cole Whitt 44 Toyota

124

23

0

29

0

0

16 Mike Wallace 01 Chevrolet

124

31

0

28

0

0

17 Travis Pastrana 60 Ford

123

12

0

27

0

0

18 Johanna Long 70 Chevrolet

123

15

0

26

0

0

19 Parker Kligerman 77 Toyota

123

16

12

26

1

0

20 Michael Annett 43 Ford

123

17

0

24

0

0

21 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet

123

1

61

25

2

0

22 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota

123

28

0

22

0

0

23 Blake Koch 24 Toyota

122

25

0

21

0

0

24 Scott Riggs 23 Ford

122

34

0

0

0

0

25 Reed Sorenson 40 Chevrolet

122

24

0

19

0

0

26 Landon Cassill 4 Chevrolet

121

29

0

18

0

0

27 Joey Gase 52 Toyota

121

36

0

17

0

0

28 Eric McClure 14 Toyota

119

37

0

16

0

0

29 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

119

27

0

15

0

0

30 Juan Carlos Blum 74 Chevrolet

118

38

0

14

0

0

31 Jeffrey Earnhardt 79 Ford

85

18

0

13

0

0

32 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Ford

81

13

17

13

1

0

33 Brian Vickers 20 Toyota

79

9

0

11

0

0

34 Ken Butler 00 Toyota

21

35

0

10

0

0

35 Carl Long 15 Ford

16

39

0

9

0

0

36 Jeff Green 10 Toyota

14

26

0

8

0

0

37 Josh Wise 42 Chevrolet

10

30

0

7

0

0

38 J.J. Yeley 46 Chevrolet

8

32

0

0

0

0

39 Dexter Stacey 92 Ford

6

33

0

5

0

0

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