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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 races for Kahne. Following Talladega, Kahne is scheduled to drive the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet in upcoming races at Darlington Raceway (May 10), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25) and Dover International Speedway (June 1).
SMITH’S RESTRICTOR PLATE RECAP - Smith stole the show for the JR Motorsports teams at Daytona earlier this spring. After battling back from an early spin, he led a race-high 23 laps in the closing stages. Following the green-white-checkered restart, Smith received a push from Brad Keselowski in the No. 22. The two-car tandem then broke free of the pack with half a lap remaining in the race. The pair rumbled off turn four within sight of the checkered flag, and when Smith moved high to protect his position, the resulting contact with the 22 initiated a multi-car accident. The No. 7 team was relegated to a 14th-place finish.
LAP LEADERS - The 23 laps Smith led at Daytona gives him the distinction of leading the most laps in the only restrictor plate race to date in 2013. All totaled, the three JRM team cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Smith combined to lead 29 laps in the event.
MAKING MOVES – Smith (+111) and Kahne (+82) rank first and second in Pass Differential, according to NASCAR’s Loop Data. Kyle Busch ranks third with a +64 through seven races. Pass Differential measures the total number of passes made versus the total number of times passed throughout the season.
WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE IS BACK FOR 2013 – One lucky winner will walk away with the keys to Dale Jr.’s Corvette this year. The Dale Jr. Foundation is giving fans the chance to win one of three prizes with the purchase of a $25 raffle ticket, including a shot at Earnhardt Jr.’s own 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. The contest will run through Oct. 1, 2013, with all proceeds benefitting The Dale Jr. Foundation. For complete details visit www.windalejrsride.com.
LISTENING EXPERIENCE ON THE AXIS OF JUNIOR - From the communications team at JR Motorsports comes a new way for Dale Jr. fans to get their Junior fix. Dirty Mo Radio is the new online hub for Junior-related podcasts, keeping JR Nation informed and entertained each week throughout the season. Dirty Mo Radio is housed at DaleJr.com and is also available free of charge on all popular podcasting outlets. DMR’s start-up show, “The Dale Jr. Download”, debuted as the No. 2 ranked sports podcast and No. 30 overall podcast on iTunes the day after its Feb. 18 launch.
JRM ANNOUNCES 2013 FAN DAY FESTIVITIES - On Friday, May 24, 2013, JR Motorsports is opening its doors to race fans as part of its annual Fan Day. The day will include a pair of autograph sessions, giveaways, partner displays and other activities for fans. Headlining the event is an autograph session with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JRM drivers Regan Smith and Brad Sweet at 2 p.m. EST. Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Karsyn Elledge, Kerry Earnhardt, Jeffrey Earnhardt and JRM Late Model drivers Josh Berry and Reid Lanpher will sign autographs for fans at 1 p.m. EST. To participate in the autograph session fans must have a wristband. Wristbands permit fans to access both autograph sessions. A wristband will grant fans one autograph per person, regardless of age. For complete information visit www.jrmracing.com.
KASEY KAHNE ON TALLADEGA - “I like to just race, and try to stay up front. It’s hard to sit in the back and just kind of sit back there, relax and wait until 10 laps to go. I’ve done that before, you wait until 10 to go and you get up there and crash as soon as you get in the middle of it. It is tough. You never really know what to do, but I think whatever you do, you just need to stick to it the whole race, and when it’s time to go at the end, hopefully you can stay out of trouble and have a shot at winning.
“I’m in the Great Clips car for the next four races, so I’m looking forward to getting some solid seat time in. I felt after Texas that we had come a long way. The car was pretty fast, and I’ve been anxious to get back in.”
REGAN SMITH ON TALLADEGA - “If we go to Talladega and run as well as we ran at Daytona, this entire TaxSlayer.com team has a lot to look forward to. I know Greg (Ives) and the guys have put a lot of work into this car. It’s actually a brand new chassis for us. So we’re expecting good things.
“With this type of racing, absolutely anything can hap-pen. No matter how much you prepare or how good your car is, it’s Talladega. The best car doesn’t always win the race there. We just want to keep our good finishes going. Yeah, we want to win races. But the big picture is still there and that’s the points battle. We’ve really closed the gap on Sam (Hornish) and we want to keep the pressure on every weekend.”
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
Time Warner Cable will be the primary sponsor on Kasey Kahne’s No.5 Hendrick Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Kahne previously drove this paint scheme at Texas Motor Speedway for the NRA 500.
They will also be the primary sponsor on May 11 at Darlington, May 26 at Charlotte, and Kansas on October 6. Kahne first saw Time Warner’s sponsorship on the hood of his...
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The HQ will just show you the video of the finish first and let you come up with an answer...
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...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Kasey Kahne had a full day of work ahead of him at Talladega Superspeedway but his mind was 1,200 miles away.
His sprint cars were racing at Eldora Speedway, and Kahne was determined to find a way to get to the track. Only Tony Stewart wasn't answering his text messages, and Kahne was getting frustrated.
No need to...
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...
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
RICHMOND RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 21st and on the lead lap at the .75-mile Richmond (Va.) International Raceway after being involved in a late-race incident on April 27. He now ranks third in the driver standings and trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 46 points.
TIME WARNER CABLE: Time Warner Cable will adorn the hood of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this...
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...
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...
Kyle Busch gets a push from Marcus Ambrose... He goes into the back of Kasey Kahne to send him around and all hell breaks loose at Talladega... Busch admitted on his in-car communications that it was his fault...
Your victims- Kyle, Kahne, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Casey Mears, Ambrose, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, David Stremme, Martin Truex, Junior...