Regan Smith Wins A Very Wild Talladega race.

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Regan Smith 2013 Talladega.jpgAfter a good three hour rain delay the Arron's 312 race from Talladega finally got under way. Travis Pastrana picked off his poll of his NASCAR career. Cars were then trying to avoid more bad weather, the big wreck, and darkness.

The race started out with the pair of Travis Pastrana and Trevor Bayne leading the race. At lap six a Trevor and Travis changed spots which help put Ty Dillion in thr race lead. Then at lap eight Kasey Kahne was the race leader. Then next up to lead the race was Elliott Sadler. The caution though came out at lap 14 as Danica Patrick spins out with some help from Kyle Larson. This caution wound up being the competition caution. Cars pitted under the caution.

After the race restarted Joey Logano was the race leader. Justin Allgaier and Brian Vickers also got to lead laps during this green flag run. The racing went to a yellow flag condition at lap 35 as Kyle Larson blows a tire and then takes out Jeffrey Earnhardt. Leaders pitted with Joey Logano winning the race off pit road again.

The race restarted again with Joey Loagno leading laps. Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Trevor Bayne, and Regan Smith all got to lead laps under this long green flag run. With 49 laps left Elliott Sadler ran into engine problems. The green flag racing finally came to an end at lap 72 as Reed Sorenson spins out with some help from Brian Scott and takes out Travis Pastrana.

"I tried to check up," said Travis Pastrana. "Just devastated for the team."

The leaders pit and Joey Logano wins the race off pit road again. Kasey Kahne though got a penalty on pit road for a tire violation. During this green flag run Joey Coulter, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Parker Kligerman, and Kasey Kahne got to lead laps under this green flag run. With 30 laps left Blake Koch winds up getting taped and smacked into the wall to bring out the caution. Cars from fifth place back pitted.

With 25 laps left the race restarted, but rain was in the area. It was short green flag run and the big one occurred. Sam Hornish Jr., Johanna Long, Trevor Bayne, Bobby Gerhart, Eric McClure, Brian Scott, Mike Harmon, Ty Dillion, and More.
"I have no idea," said Brian Scott on what happened.

"I don't really know," said Johanna Long on what happened.

During this caution the NASCAR said the race would be 10 laps shorter.

The race restarted with seven laps left and Kurt Busch in the race lead. At the end of the lap Regan Smith was in the race lead. At the end of the next lap Kurt Busch got back in the race lead. With three laps left Austin Dillion had the race lead. At the end of the lap Joey Coulter gets spun out to bring out the caution. This led to a green/white checkered single attempt now finish for the race.

When the race restarted Austin Dillion had a good push to get the race lead. On the final lap though it got super wild. Elliott Sadler, Alex Bowman, and others in the back wrecked. Up front though in the final turn it became three wide for the race lead with Regan Smith, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne fighting for the top spot. As the cars started to wreck Regan Smith took a tiny lead over Joey Logano. As the top three were still going full throttle Kasey Kahne on the high side had such a run he beat Joey and Regan by inches at the start/finish line. After an official review by NASCAR Regan Smith took the race as he was barely leading Joey at the time the caution lights came out.

Regan Smith stated that he saw cars jamming up in turn three and made his move.

"I'm happy for Regan," said Kasey Kahne. He also stated that he was surprised they through out the caution.

"I don't know when they through out the caution," said Joey Logano. "Discount Tire Guys did great."

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