The Cup Series drivers’ dominance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has come to a halt as Regan Smith found the opportunity to continue at the top of the series.
Smith captured his second win of the season in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway by taking the lead after then-leader Parker Kligermann made a late race pit-stop. Heading towards the final laps of the race, Smith was able to hold off a late-race charge by Kyle Larson to take the checkered flag for a second in 2013.
Despite a late race charge to challenge Smith for the lead, Larson crossed the finish line in second. Paul Menard finished in third followed by Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne, Brad Sweet, Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Brian Scott to close out the top 10.
Pole-sitter Austin Dillon held the lead within the early part of the race, but suffered a blown engine within the final laps. Despite winning the pole for his fourth consecutive race to make NASCAR history with four consecutive poles, a blown engine gave him a 20th-place finish.
The Alliance Truck Parts 250 featured several teams trying out different strategies as the race had threatening weather conditions. Despite the threat of rain, the race was able to go on without any delays.
Heading out of Michigan, Smith maintains the top spot within the Nationwide Series point standings. With two wins at Talladega and Michigan, he is set up in great position within the championship hunt. The race at Michigan gave the Nationwide Series regulars another chance to showcase their talents and hold back the returning Cup drivers, especially a returning Busch, who dominated for most of the season.