A three hour rain delay preceded a three wide finish that saw Regan Smith earn his first Nationwide Series victory in 2013.
NASCAR went to the video tape after Saturday's Aaron's 312 to determine that Smith beat out Cup drivers Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne for the victory. The race finished under the yellow after Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill, Mike Wallace, Jamie Dick and Josh Wise all wrecked on the front stretch. From there it was race to the scoring loops rather than the finish line, a race which Smith won out.
Smith said as he awaited for NASCAR to announce the winner on pit road that he was having "flashbacks" to the infamous 2008 Sprint Cup race in Talladega, where he lost the race to Tony Stewart after NASCAR deemed he went below the yellow line to pass.
"I don't know if it's vindication or not," Smith said after the race. "I think I'd gotten over that and gotten past that, but I definitely wanted to win here... but you want to win every week, and it definitely helps wipe that bad memory away of sitting on pit road and finding out you're 18th instead. So, yeah, that was kind of cool."
"I was really surprised they threw that caution when so many times they wouldn't in that situation," third place finisher Kahne said. "NASCAR always switches it up, so you never know what's going to happen."
Rounding out the top five was Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier.
Sam Hornish, Jr. slips out of the points lead for the first time in 2013 after a 25th place finish in Talladega. Race winner Smith now holds a 27 point lead over Hornish, Jr.
Pole sitter Travis Pastrana finished 36th after a scary wreck which also saw Reed Sorenson get airborne after contact with Brian Scott. Sorenson ended the day 22nd while Scott finished 27th.
Next up for the Nationwide Series is some Friday night, under the lights racing at Darlington Raceway. Coverage for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 begins at 7:30 pm Eastern time on ESPN2 and MRN.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, NASCAR.com, USA Today and Racing Reference for the information, quotes and statistics used in this piece.