May 11 2011

Regan Smith Wins the Southern 500

Regan Smith wins his first race at the track too tough to tame. It was a wild finish, but Regan Smith finally gets his first win, even though his crossed the finish line first once before…

The driver whose apparent victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2008 was nullified because NASCAR judged he crossed below the yellow line to advance his position, whose strong run in this year’s Daytona 500 was scuttled by a crash late in the event, who has the best qualifying average but perhaps the worst racing luck of any competitor on the sport’s premier series, survived a wall-banging final two laps to record a long-awaited win at a track where typically only current or future legends reach Victory Lane.

“I can’t believe it, you guys,” Smith said over the radio. “This is the Southern 500. We’re not supposed to win this thing.” Source: At Darlington, Smith finally finds his breakthrough

The most interesting part of the race was the end, with the little incidents on the track and pit road between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, for which I’m sure both will suffer penalties.

Here is how they finished:
1 78 Regan Smith
2 99 Carl Edwards
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 4 Kasey Kahne
5 39 Ryan Newman
6 11 Denny Hamlin
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 16 Greg Biffle
9 1 Jamie McMurray
10 56 Martin Truex Jr.
11 18 Kyle Busch
12 24 Jeff Gordon
13 9 Marcos Ambrose
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 48 Jimmie Johnson
16 00 David Reutimann
17 29 Kevin Harvick
18 47 Bobby Labonte
19 5 Mark Martin
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger
21 6 David Ragan
22 27 Paul Menard
23 42 Juan Montoya
24 36 Dave Blaney
25 17 Matt Kenseth
26 38 Travis Kvapil
27 22 Kurt Busch
28 32 Ken Schrader
29 09 Landon Cassill
30 13 Casey Mears
31 33 Clint Bowyer
32 34 David Gilliland
33 31 Jeff Burton
34 83 Brian Vickers
35 20 Joey Logano
36 37 Tony Raines
37 7 Robby Gordon
38 150 T.J. Bell
39 46 J.J. Yeley
40 60 Mike Skinner
41 30 David Stremme
42 87 Joe Nemechek
43 66 Michael McDowell

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