LEXINGTON, Ohio — Regan Smith bumped his way past Alex Tagliani a turn from the finish Saturday to win the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 NASCAR Xfinity series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Driving for JR Motorsports, Smith ended a 52-race victory drought with his fifth career series win. Last week at Watkins Glen, he was bumped twice in the closing laps and finished 20th.
"These guys work their butts off all week," Smith said. "This car was destroyed door tops down; they rebuilt it in one day. The guys back at the shop did a phenomenal job. My road guys have stuck behind me for a while. We've had a lot of opportunities to win. I hate to do it in the last corner, but it's been too long, a long time, I wasn't going to pass the opportunity up.
"I've been wrecked so many times on these road courses, I had to do what I had to do right there. I didn't spin him, just got the spot."
Tagliani held on to finish second.
"If I knew that he was going to win like that, probably instead of passing him fair and square early on in the race I would have probably pushed him off a bit," said the Canadian IndyCar veteran, who only runs road races in NASCAR. "But he knows I'm not going to be there next weekend to retaliate."
Trucks: Not long after wrecking in Sprint Cup practice, Kyle Busch's eventful day at Michigan International Speedway included a trip to Victory Lane. Busch passed Ryan Blaney with four laps left to win the Careers for Veterans 200, coming back from a penalty on Lap 27 for speeding on pit road. After being sent to the rear, he made it all the way back in his No. 51 Toyota and battled with Blaney through the final few laps. "These trucks tend to put on a good show," Busch said. "You can kind of draft back up on guys and use the bottom, use the top, kind of work around a little bit."