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Regan Smith Joins Title Hunt By Holding Off Joe Gibbs Racing For Hisense 200 Win

Regan Smith Joins Title Hunt By Holding Off Joe Gibbs Racing For Hisense 200 Win

by October 3, 2015 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. – JR Motosports’ Regan Smith saved fuel and held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch to win the Hisense 200 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

Regan Smith ran competitively throughout the first half of the race, but he didn’t take over the lead until Lap 121, following a 30 minute and 55 second red flag for an accident and rain. He went on to lead the final 80 laps of the race by saving fuel and outrunning Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. The win marks Smith’s second victory of the season. He won at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course back in August.

“Anytime you beat the Gibbs cars at Dover, you’ve worked your tail off, and you’ve had a good day, and you’ve had a fast race car,” Smith said. “I know how hard my team has been working on these cars and the amount of effort that they’ve been putting into them every week. We feel like we could have had four of five of these at this point in the year and circumstances have made us finish third or second or whatever it may be. We’ve been pretty steady all year long, so it’s a big deal to us.”

The Hisense 200 only saw four cautions throughout the afternoon. There were five lead changes among four different drivers. Kyle Busch led 110 laps, most of any driver on Saturday.

Denny Hamlin finished second in the Hisense 200 on Saturday, followed by Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 was Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler and rookie, Daniel Suarez.

With the win on Saturday, Smith now jumps up one spot to third in the championship point standings, just 36 back from leader, Chris Buecher who finished eighth. With a seventh place finish, Chase Elliott moves into second in the standings, only 24 points back.

“We know there’s plenty of racing left and this thing is far from over,” Chris Buescher said. “We knew the 9 (Chase Elliott) and the 3 (Ty Dillon) would be there and the 7 (Regan Smith) has come on pretty good here lately, so there might be some different races for us to watch out for, but if we just go out here and run our own race and try not to worry too much about the points we should be in good shape.”

The huge championship battle shakeup of the afternoon came when Ty Dillon who entered the weekend second in the point standings, blew a right front tire during the caution on Lap 24. Dillon had to settle for a disappointing 28th place finish, and he fell all the way down to fourth in the standings, now 39 points back.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the Drive for the Sure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, October 9. Coverage for the event will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN).

Hisense 200 Results:

1.) #7 Regan Smith

2.) #20 Denny Hamlin

3.) #54 Kyle Busch

4.) #22 Ryan Blaney

5.) #42 Kyle Larson

6.) #33 Austin Dillon

7.) #9 Chase Elliott

8.) #60 Chris Buescher

9.) #1 Elliott Sadler

10.) #18 Daniel Suarez

11.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

12.) #28 JJ Yeley

13.) #88 Ben Rhodes

14.) #16 Ryan Reed

15.) #01 Landon Cassill

16.) #62 Brendan Guaghan

17.) #39 Ryan Sieg

18.) #44 David Starr

19.) #90 Mario Gosselin

20.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

21.) #51 Jeremy Clements

22.) #24 Eric McClure

23.) #9 Blake Koch

24.) #52 Joey Gase

25.) #74 Mike Harmon

26.) #97 Ryan Ellis

27.) #0 Harrison Rhodes

28.) #3 Ty Dillon

29.) #14 Cale Conley

30.) #15 Stanton Barrett

31.) #2 Brian Scott

32.) #70 Derrike Cope

33.) #89 Morgan Shepherd

34.) #13 Josh Reamue

35.) #17 Timmy Hill

36.) #26 TJ Bell

37.) #4 Ross Chastain

38.) #92 Dexter Bean

39.) #40 Carl Long

40.) #19 Jeff Green

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #9 Chase Elliott -24

3.) #7 Regan Smith -36

4.) #3 Ty Dillon -39

5.) #1 Elliott Sadler -110

6.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -111

7.) #18 Daniel Suarez -132

8.) #2 Brian Scott -148

9.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -154

10.) #16 Ryan Reed -253

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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