Regan Smith took advantage of pit strategy gone wrong for Parker Kligerman late in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday and drove on to the win. Smith started the race 20th but worked his way toward the front with a fast car and pit strategy throughout the race to put himself into the second position behind Kligerman in the final 20 laps. When Kligerman pitted for fuel with 14 laps to go, Smith assumed the lead and never looked back.
“I think the other time we started 20th, we won, too,” Smith said. “The TaxSlayer.com Chevy was great today.”
Austin Dillon started the day by making Nationwide Series history with his fourth-consecutive pole after setting a new track qualifying record. He went on to dominate the race early before a tire issue took him out of contention soon after a debris caution with 61 laps remaining in the 125-lap race.
Dillon, along with a few other drivers, stayed out during the yellow, but soon after the race restarted, Dillon fell off the pace with a flag left rear tire and headed down pit road, falling a lap down.
Joey Logano took over from there and led the way until the yellow flag waved again for debris with just under 30 laps to go. After staying out during the previous caution, Logano headed down pit road. Kligerman had also stayed out during the previous caution, but he stayed out, again, as his team thought rain was on its way to end the race early.
The rain stayed away, at least long enough for the race to run its full scheduled distance, forcing Kligerman down pit road for fuel with 14 laps to go. With Kligerman on pit road, Smith assumed the lead and Kyle Larson moved into second.
Larson gained ground on Smith in the closing laps, but he wasn’t able to overtake Smith for the lead, instead settling for second.
Paul Menard moved into the third spot with seven laps to go and maintained the position. Kyle Busch finished fourth, and last week’s winner, Trevor Bayne, rounded out the top-five.
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