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Regan Smith Roughs Up Alex Tagliani To Win The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

Regan Smith Roughs Up Alex Tagliani To Win The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

by August 15, 2015 0 comments

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – Regan Smith moved Alex Tagliani in the final corners of Saturday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to earn his first victory of the 2015 season.

Smith started seventh in the JR Motorsports No. 7 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro and led 19 laps throughout the afternoon. As the laps winded down, Alex Tagliani made an aggressive move to take over the lead on Lap 61 of the 75 scheduled laps. Smith was able to stay with Tagliani, and as the two drivers entered the final corners, Smith got into the back of Tagliani, moving him out of the way for the victory.

“We’ve had a lot of opportunities to win, and I hate doing that in the last corner, but it has been about a year and eight months,” said Smith in Victory Lane. “Too long. It has been a long time. I wasn’t going to pass an opportunity up. I’ve been wrecked so many times on these road courses that I had to do what I had to do right there and didn’t spin him, just got the spot.”

The last time Smith won a race in the series dates all the way back to Daytona’s February event in 2014. Saturday’s win marked his fifth career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory. Prior to this weekend’s event, Smith’s highest finish this season was a second at Iowa Speedway two races ago. On top of the victory, Smith has seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes this year, and he currently sits fourth in the championship point standings.

Alex Tagliani who had to settle for second on Saturday afternoon wasn’t too pleased with the race winning move. Although Tagliani isn’t competing for driver points this season, he was still trying to get Team Penske’s No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang team a competitive finish. Tagliani sat on the pole and led 38 laps, most of any driver on Saturday.

“Well, I’m very, very sorry for the whole Penske organization, and the Discount Tire team,” Tagliani said. “They did a fantastic job for me this weekend, and I really wanted to win for them, so bad. If I knew that he (Regan Smith) was going to win like that, probably, instead of passing him fair and square early-on in the race, I would have probably pushed him off a bit, but he knows I’m not going to be there next weekend to retaliate and give him the payback.”

Finishing third in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 was Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon. He started the event in the third position and battled fourth place finisher and current point standings leader, Chris Buescher. With the third place finish, Dillon surpasses Chase Elliott in the point standings and now only trails Buescher by only 24 points.

“It was definitely solid,” Dillon said. “My Yuengling Light Lager Chevy was good. We were definitely a top-five car. We got a top-three which is a great finish. I just hate we didn’t have enough speed to get the 22 (Alex Tagliani) and the 7 (Regan Smith). They were good at the end. I’m proud of our effort. I think three top-fives in a row. This is what we need.”

JR Motorsports’ Chase Elliott finished fifth, and rounding out the top-10 was Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Dylan Lupton and Ben Rhodes.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will visit Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, August 21 for the Food City 300. Coverage for the event will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Results:

1.) #7 Regan Smith

2.) #22 Alex Tagliani

3.) #3 Ty Dillon

4.) #60 Chris Buescher

5.) #9 Chase Elliott

6.) #1 Elliott Sadler

7.) #2 Brian Scott

8.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

9.) #25 Dylan Lupton

10.) #88 Ben Rhodes

11.) #18 Daniel Suarez

12.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

13.) #54 Boris Said

14.) #39 Ryan Sieg

15.) #42 Justin Marks

16.) #28 JJ Yeley

17.) #51 Jeremy Clements

18.) #01 Landon Cassill

19.) #4 Ross Chastain

20.) #14 Cale Conley

21.) #90 Andy Lally

22.) #16 Ryan Reed

23.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

24.) #8 Blake Koch

25.) #70 Derrike Cope

26.) #52 Joey Gase

27.) #0 Michael Self

28.) #20 Kenny Habul

29.) #33 Brandon Jones

30.) #13 Tim Cowen

31.) #44 David Starr

32.) #26 Tomy Drissi

33.) #74 Mike Harmon

34.) #97 Dylan Kwasniewski

35.) #24 Eric McClure

36.) #15 Carlos Contreras

37.) #89 Morgan Shepherd

38.) #79 John Jackson

39.) #40 Josh Reaume

40.) #19 Jeff Green

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Driver Point Standings:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #3 Ty Dillon -24

3.) #9 Chase Elliott -25

4.) #7 Regan Smith -51

5.) #1 Elliott Sadler -60

6.) #60 Darrell Wallace Jr. -100

7.) #18 Daniel Suarez -107

8.) #2 Brian Scott -122

9.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -123

10.) #16 Ryan Reed -178

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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