Smith finds redemption with NASCAR Nationwide win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Regan Smith, driver of the #7 Ragu Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with his wife Megan Mayhew after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Regan Smith, driver of the #7 Ragu Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with his wife Megan Mayhew after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH Fl. — Regan Smith was able to find redemption at Daytona International Speedway Saturday. A year after he was involved in a horrific crash on the final turn of the final lap, Smith was able to win a drag race out of the final corner of the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 and beat Brad Keselowski by less than a fender length.

Kyle Busch took the lead for the first 15 laps until the first caution for a blown engine from Harrison Rhodes. Dale Earnhardt Jr. stayed out while the lead pack pitted. Earnhardt would lead until he had problems during a later pit stop that left him deep in the field. Busch would lead again until lap 76 when Keselowski bumped Smith to the lead on the outside. From there Smith took command.

A fourth caution of the day came out on lap 101 when Ryan Seig spun. It set up a 17 lap run to the finish with Smith in the lead, Busch second. The duo quickly led the top four on the bottom of the track, while Keselowski tried to put together a line to make a run on the high side. Further back in the field cars spread out three wide. MORE>>>

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