Smith Still In Points Lead, But Competition Still Tight
After posting his eighth consecutive top-10 finish last Saturday in Charlotte, Regan Smith leads the series into Dover for the 5-Hour Energy 200 with a 29-point advantage over Sam Hornish Jr.
Smith might have a difficult time keeping his healthy lead intact this weekend as Dover could be a speed bump. He has an average finishing position of 23.2 in six starts. His best finish is 16th and he’s only finished on the lead lap once.
Although eight of the 10 races this season have been won by NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars, Smith and his fellow NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors continue to perform strong and keep the championship hunt close. Eleven drivers are within 100 points of the lead, compared to last year at this time when only seven drivers were within 100 points.
In nine of the 10 races, NASCAR Nationwide regulars have occupied five or more of the top-10 positions: Daytona (eight), Phoenix (six), Las Vegas (nine), Bristol (eight), Auto Club (nine), Richmond (seven), Talladega (seven), Darlington (six) and Charlotte (five). Series regulars finished in four of the top-five positions in two races (Las Vegas and Auto Club).