Smith has been out front because his win at Daytona
By: Autoweek Employees on March 26, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne jockey for position throughout a February race at Daytona Global Speedway.
Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne each and every had 1 objective when the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season began — carry home the championship trophy. The 2 drivers came shut in 2013, but had been unable to comprehensive the mission. This year items could finish differently for one of the 2 current frontrunners.
Right after the initial 5 races of the season and heading into the series’; first off weekend, Smith and Bayne are tied atop the points standings. Ty Dillon (6 factors back), Chase Elliott (-8) and Elliott Sadler (-eleven) round out the best 5.
Smith has held or shared the lead soon after all 5 races this season and technically leads the standings due to his victory in the season opener at Daytona Global Speedway. The only other time he’;s been atop the standings was for 10 consecutive weeks in 2013, starting at Talladega. Bayne shares the points lead for the very first time in his 6-year profession.
When the series returns to action at one.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, Bayne has skilled good results at the track and could perhaps take sole possession of the factors lead for the initial time in his occupation. Bayne scored his first Nationwide Series win at the track in November 2011. He is posted top-15 finishes in 6 of his 7 series begins in Texas. His 1 finish outside the top 15 came in final year’;s spring race the place he finished 26th.
In 7 series starts at the Texas track, Smith’;s best finish is sixth, coming final fall. He finished 6th in the spring event last season. In 3 of his commences, Smith finished decrease than 30th.
Bayne’;s streak of 5 best-10 finishes is a personal-best to begin a season. At Daytona, he positioned third, followed by a 6th at Phoenix and a pair of eighth-spot outings at Las Vegas and Bristol. He finished ninth on Saturday at Auto Club.
Smith scored his third consecutive 10th-location finish at Automobile Club following his season-opening win and eighth-location showing in Phoenix. He arrived at Auto Club with a a single-level advantage over Bayne.
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