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Kahne Nips Smith For Nationwide Win

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 5 2014

Kasey Kahne edged Regan Smith in a green-white-checkered finish to win Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The victory was Kahne’s first in the Nationwide Series since August 2007. It came after he sat 12th on the restart.

The victory was by just 0.021 seconds (third closest in the series at Daytona).

Smith, who won the NNS race at DIS in February, led much of the race. He was able to survive a couple of late-race restarts, but not the most important one.

“We just kind of sat there through most of the race,” Kahne said. “I was kind of at the wrong place at the wrong time. Then, the last half-lap I had tons of momentum. The cars in front of me moved in the right direction. Ryan Sieg was pushing and letting off and bumping and hitting me good and hard. That was kind of the whole reason we were able to win.”

Rookie Sieg, Ryan Reed and Kyle Larson followed Kahne and Smith across the line.

“That was what we needed right there,” Reed, driving the No. 16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, said. “You know, we were trying to conserve all night but man it felt good to get our first top-five.”

Smith, who received a final lap push from Joey Logano, did leave with the series points lead.

“I didn’t even know the 5 (Kahne) had a run until we were past the start-finish line,” said Smith. “I knew he had so much momentum when he went past me, I kind of figured he nipped me. I had enough time to look at the (scoring) pylon real quick and it had already adjusted, so I knew, right there.

“It’s amazing at the end of these races. We hit each other all race long and every time somebody touches you in the middle of the corner it’s ‘Oh, man, don’t do that.’ It feels like the car is dancing around. Then we get out there at the end and we just blast the back bumpers off each other and somehow make it back to the stripe.”

Darrell Wallace Jr., getting his second NNS start of the season, finished seventh in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He said he felt he had a chance on the final restart.

“The win was right there on the backstretch,” he said. “So, a good night for all of us. A little frustrated because I seen it but then it was taken away, but thinking back from Talladega earlier we did a heck of an improvement and I’m happy for my guys here. It’s fun coming over here with JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) for some part-time Nationwide stuff and having some fun with Kevin (Kidd, crew chief) and all of the guys here. Ready for the next one, so a good top-10 finish for us.”

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Friday, July 04, 2014

1. (13) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 103, $81500.

2. (8) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 103, $67525.

3. (21) Ryan Sieg #, Chevrolet, 103, $48600.

4. (4) Ryan Reed #, Ford, 103, $37050.

5. (10) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 103, $26600.

6. (11) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 103, $24350.

7. (9) Darrell Wallace Jr.(i), Toyota, 103, $28810.

8. (36) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 103, $27770.

9. (2) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 103, $29350.

10. (17) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 103, $27275.

11. (16) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 103, $25425.

12. (3) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 103, $24875.

13. (23) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 103, $24350.

14. (18) James Buescher, Toyota, 103, $23825.

15. (20) Johnny Sauter(i), Toyota, 103, $24450.

16. (15) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 103, $23350.

17. (5) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 103, $17225.

18. (27) John Wes Townley(i), Toyota, 103, $17100.

19. (1) Dakoda Armstrong #, Ford, 103, $23475.

20. (7) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 103, $23550.

21. (6) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 103, $22700.

22. (32) Eric McClure, Toyota, 103, $22570.

23. (31) David Ragan(i), Ford, 103, $16420.

24. (26) Dylan Kwasniewski #, Chevrolet, 103, $22270.

25. (30) David Starr, Toyota, 103, $22645.

26. (12) Chad Boat #, Chevrolet, 103, $16020.

27. (40) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 102, $15870.

28. (14) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 102, $21695.

29. (33) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 101, $21570.

30. (25) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 101, $21745.

31. (28) Scott Lagasse Jr., Toyota, 101, $15315.

32. (35) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, 100, $21180.

33. (39) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 100, $21065.

34. (34) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, 99, $20955.

35. (19) JJ Yeley, Dodge, Accident, 98, $20834.

36. (24) Tanner Berryhill #, Dodge, 97, $19700.

37. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 92, $19665.

38. (29) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Rear End, 62, $19611.

39. (22) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Overheating, 58, $19495.

40. (37) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, Rear End, 13, $13430.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 157.012 mph.

Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 38 Mins, 24 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.020 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 3 for 12 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 11 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Armstrong # 0; T. Bayne 1-7; E. Sadler 8-35; D. Armstrong # 36; B. Gaughan 37-39; B. Scott 40; K. Busch(i) 41-46; K. Larson(i) 47-51; R. Smith 52; C. Elliott # 53; C. Boat # 54-55; R. Smith 56-69; K. Busch(i) 70; R. Smith 71-102; K. Kahne(i) 103;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R. Smith 3 times for 47 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 28 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 7 laps; T. Bayne 1 time for 7 laps; K. Larson(i) 1 time for 5 laps; B. Gaughan 1 time for 3 laps; C. Boat # 1 time for 2 laps; C. Elliott # 1 time for 1 lap; D. Armstrong # 1 time for 1 lap; K. Kahne(i) 1 time for 1 lap; B. Scott 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: R. Smith – 577; E. Sadler – 565; C. Elliott # – 562; T. Dillon # – 545; B. Scott – 523; T. Bayne – 518; B. Gaughan – 465; J. Buescher – 448; C. Buescher # – 446; R. Reed # – 423.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 5 2014
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