After an unsurprisingly wild Nationwide race, Regan Smith took the checkered flag in a rather controversial finish. The race was shortened 10 laps due to impending darkness and it became a 7 lap knock-down drag-out fight to the finish. Coming to the line, Smith made a daring move shooting across the track diving underneath Kurt Busch for the lead. As the field wrecked behind them, Logano and Smith slammed into each other for the win while Kasey Kahne made a run on the outside. At the stripe, Kahne had it by inches but NASCAR had thrown the caution seconds before giving the victory to Regan Smith.
The race was delayed over 3 hours due to rain but we got the event in thanks to the Air Titan. The race kicked off with Roush-Fenway Racing teammates Trevor Bayne and pole sitter Travis Pastrana checking out. Early on, Danica Patrick got hooked by rookie Kyle Larson sending her into the wall and bringing out the first caution. A few laps later, Kyle Larson blew a left rear tire obliterating the left side of his car and ending his day. Later on, Brian Scott got into Reed Sorenson sending him spinning. He was nailed in the door by Pastrana sending his car up into the air and nearly on its lid.
The big one occurred with 21 laps to go. Sam Hornish Jr. went to pass Johanna Long and she attempted to block him but made the move too late. They made contact and 13 cars were destroyed in a matter of seconds. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet Jr and about 8 others were involved in the massive crash that took place in turn 3. With impending darkness, NASCAR shortened the race by 10 laps and with 2 to go, Joey Coulter slammed the wall causing another caution. Again, NASCAR made a call to only use one GWC with sunset closing in fast.
The finish was wild and controversial with NASCAR throwing a questionable yellow with the leaders just 50 feet from the stripe. If they hadn’t thrown the caution, Kasey Kahne would have won in a 3 wide photo finish but instead, Regan Smith was crowned the victor with Joey Logano 2nd and Kahne 3rd. He holds a 27pt lead over Hornish in the standings now with Justin Allgaier 3rd. A few notables in the top 10 include Mike Wallace in 7th, Jason White 8th and Jeremy Clements 9th. Now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes on Talladega in what is sure to be another exceptional race!