Kasey Kahne gets to finish line first, but Regan Smith is declared winner | Auto racing
Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race in Talladega, Ala., when NASCAR officials said he was leading at the final caution flag. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw crossed the finish line first but was placed third.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Regan Smith won the crash-filled Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR officials said he was leading at the final caution flag Saturday night.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw crossed the finish line first but was placed third, behind Smith and Joey Logano.
The race was delayed about three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions. Because darkness was closing in, NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps.
At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Logano and Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line.
"As soon as they started wrecking, I saw the caution," Kahne told NASCAR Wire Service. "I still raced to the line and we had a good-enough run to get there and be first there, but I was surprised the caution came out."
On Lap 71, pole-sitter Travis Pastrana hit a wall during a three-car incident. "I just get an award for being stupid," he said after leaving the infield care center.
• Rain washed out qualifying for Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and the field was set by practice speeds. Carl Edwards will start from the pole.
Kahne will start in 10th and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 17th.