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Regan Smith is in prime position to give his new team JR Motorsports something it's never had -- a driver atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings.
When the series rolls into Talladega Superspeedway for Saturday's Aaron's 312 (3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), Sam Hornish Jr. will be sporting a slim one-point advantage over Smith.
After taking a five-year break from the NASCAR Nationwide Series to focus on his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Smith returned to the series for the final race of the 2012 season. He lost his seat at Furniture Row Racing with six races to go in the season and appeared in four of the last six races, splitting time between Hendrick Motorsports and Phoenix Racing.
During that time he searched for a full-time ride in 2013.
He landed with JR Motorsports' No. 5 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In his first race with them, the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he drove the Chevrolet to Victory Lane.
Seven races into the 2013 season, Smith is proving that co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the right decision by offering him the ride. All seven of his finishes thus far are top-15 performances, five of them top-10 performances.
Because of their success this year, it's normal for the No. 5 TaxSlayer.com team to expect their success to continue at Talladega. But, Smith knows its Talladega and you can't take anything for granted when it comes to the Alabama track.
"With this type of racing, absolutely anything can happen. No matter how much you prepare or how good your car is, it's Talladega," said Smith. "The best car doesn't always win the race there. We just want to keep our good finishes going."
If Smith is to pass Hornish in the standings this weekend at Talladega, he'll need to draw more upon his success this season than his previous success at the superspeedway. In two NASCAR Nationwide starts, Smith has finishes of 23rd and 37th -- not exactly the type of finish one wants when trying to claim the points lead.
In 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track, he has one top-five finish. Fortunately, the fifth-place showing came in his most recent trip -- fall 2012. In his one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he finished a respectable ninth.
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Regan Smith was able to claim the Aarons 312 with help from a last lap caution. Smith was in a pack of cars racing to the start finish line when Brian Vickers was sent into the outside wall.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Full results from Aarons 312
As a caution came out; Smith, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano raced to the finish line with Kahne crossing it first. After reviewing video of the...
Regan Smith, driver of the #7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, celebrates with his crew in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images.
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
TALLADEGA, Ala.–The delicious irony of Regan Smith’s victory in Saturday’s Aaron’s...
Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag Saturday night.
The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. persevered in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway to earn a 17th-place finish despite an early altercation and a less than generous teammate on Sunday.
Earnhardt started the Aaron's 499 12th, but 20 laps into the race he said he thought there was an issue with his left rear tire following contact with Travis Kvapil. Coming off of Turn 2,...
Regan Smith roared out of the pack during the final 400 yards of a green-white-checkered-flag finish and won Saturday's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway as a last-lap multicar wreck erupted behind him.
Smith was the leader at the previous scoring loop when NASCAR called the seventh and final caution an instant before the cars crossed the...
POINTS REPORT: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season recently after finishing 10th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 27. He now ranks fourth in the driver standings and trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 46 points. Nine races into the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Earnhardt has...
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Initial crossing of the finish line gave it to Kasey Kahne, but NASCAR ruled that Regan Smith had the lead at the time of the caution from the wreck that happened behind all the leaders...
"I was thinking 'Man, I hope we got it," Smith admitted...
TREND OF CONSISTENCY - Smith’s fifth-place finish last week at Richmond International Raceway marked his fifth consecutive top-10, giving him an average finish of 5.6 in that span. Additionally, the 190 points he earned through those events are 13 points more than his nearest competitor, Sam Hornish Jr.
FOUR CONSECUTIVE FOR KAHNE – Talladega marks the first of four consecutive NNS...
Regan Smith took over the NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead after a thrilling win on Saturday. Smith was declared the winner of the Aarons 312 after NASCAR reviewed its scoring data due to a last lap caution.
Smith entered the race trailing Sam Hornish by one point but leaves for Darlington with a 27 point lead.
Unofficial Point Standings after Talladega
Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. The race was delayed by three hours due to rain and later cut by ten laps due to concerns about darkness. At the end of the race Smith was declared the winner after a caution came out as the cars approached the start finish line.
Travis Pastrana sat on the pole for the event and led his first Nationwide...
Remember the harsh words Dale Earnhardt Jr. had for the racing at Talladega last October?
"I don't even want to go to Daytona or Talladega next year, but I ain't got much choice," Earnhardt said after finishing 20th in a wrecked race car. Some of his other comments about racing at restrictor-plate tracks were even more inflammatory.
Earnhardt said Friday at the...
Welcome to the inaugural season of the Start ‘N’ Park Blog Pick ‘Em Challenge. This will take place all year long and will feature our esteemed panel of experts who will pick a winner in the series running that weekend.
For this weekend the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series venture to the Talladega Superspeedway.
Points will be given based on how close to firs the pick...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes it's "about time for us to win one here at Talladega."
With the strength of Hendrick Motorsports behind him -- and a history of five wins and half his 26 career starts here resulting in top 10 finishes -- it's understandable that Earnhardt is brimming with confidence at Talladega Superspeedway.
"Really have had...