The winning car of Regan Smith rolls
through inspection prior to qualifying
Animal Kingdom won Saturday's Kentucky Derby as a 20-1 underdog. An even bigger longshot came home later that night in the Southern 500 at Darlington, as Regan Smith notched his first ever win. He joins Trevor Bayne as this season's first time winners. Strangely, they have won the two biggest races on the early schedule with Bayne nabbing the Daytona 500. Should we look for another surprise winner in the Coke 600 later this month? Andy Lally, perhaps?
Smith stayed out during the last of the yellow flag pitstops, four laps from the end. He then survived a wild finish, and a last lap charge by Carl Edwards, who ended up second. Smith gave underfunded Furniture Row Racing its first NASCAR win.
Brad Keselowski played the pit strategy also, and came home third while helping Smith beat his rival. Pole sitter, Kasey Kahne led the most laps on his way to a fourth place run. Marcos Ambrose (13) and Bobby Labonte (17) had good nights spoiled by last lap crashes.
Juan Montoya was again involved in a few skirmishes. He hit Jimmie Johnson's car early in the going, turning it into a long night for the Champ. Later he sideswiped Brian Vickers, which foreshadowed later ills for The Sheriff.
Kevin Harvick needs to respect NASCAR and all the sponsors. Confronting a rival is one thing, but to act like a crazed 16 year old is quite another. Back in the transporter area, behind the pits, is an ideal spot to hash things out. But Kev loves the drama; grabbing Greg Biffle by the throat on pit road at BMS, getting out of his car DURING A RACE at a road course to confront Montoya, and now his latest childish behavior in front of 60,000 fans and a national TV audience. Stay classy, Harv.
I don't have any problem with the start and park teams. But, I hate to see a hard working guy like Andy Lally go home while six other cars all ran less than 34 laps. Lally is committed to run every lap of every race as he shoots for rookie of the year. Meanwhile, Michael McDowell ran 7 laps and made over $10,000 per lap. Your race winner, Regan Smith made $700 a lap!
Bad Night at Lady in Black for The Sheriff
Rookie, Andy Lally scraped the wall during
qualifying, and missed the race