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Actions of others take away from Regan Smith’s big day

By admin | May 8, 2011

By Richard Allen


It would seem logical to think that a driver who just won the first(or some might say second) Sprint Cup race of his career for an underdog team would receive the bulk of all racing media coverage the next day. There is even an example of that very thing from earlier this year when Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500.

So, the day after Regan Smith won the Southern 500 at the storied Darlington Raceway he dominated the headlines, right? Well, not exactly.

Unfortunately for Smith, his win was book ended by matters of high drama and controversy. And as is well known, drama and controversy make for better headlines, and thus, get the majority of the attention.

On Friday, drivers Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya continued a feud that had boiled over the previous week in Richmond. After a call to the NASCAR hauler to discuss the situation with series officials the two apparently got into a physical altercation.

Needless to say, talk of that rivalry provided fodder aplenty for media members on social networking sites such as twitter and Facebook, especially on a day when one of the Sprint Cup practice sessions was washed out by rain showers.

Then, at the end of the race itself Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had an on-track incident which spilled over to a pit road incident which spilled over to a garage area incident. With two of NASCAR’s biggest personalities pushing, shoving, yelling and cursing at each other, a victory lane interview and media center conference with a young, mild-mannered first time winner is not going to get the amount of attention that might be deserved.

Another reason for Smith getting such a relatively small amount of attention is the way in which the race played out. During the Daytona 500, Bayne ran near the front much of the day so he was seen and heard from as the race went on. Smith, on the other hand, quietly made his way through the Southern 500 with relatively little fanfare until the very end of the night when he had to hold off Carl Edwards over the final laps.

The bottom line is that a first time winner took home one of the most prized trophies in all of motorsports. However, circumstances beyond his control prevented him from receiving the amount of attention a fresh face might normally be given. Whenever such big personalities as Montoya, Newman, Harvick and Busch are a part of the story in a controversial way, they are going to steal the headlines whether that’s fair or not.

By the way, the reference to Smith’s second win was made in regard to a 2008 event in Talladega in which he crossed the finish line first but was penalized for passing below the yellow line as he and Tony Stewart raced to the checkered flag.

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6 Responses to “Actions of others take away from Regan Smith’s big day”

  1. Justin Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    More like “lack of actions of others”…

    Getting sick and tired of Busch running his mouth, acting like a badass, then hiding afterwards. No driver is tougher than Kyle Busch…when he is talking tough on the radio. No driver is tougher than Kyle Busch…when he is behind the wheel. No driver is tougher than Kyle Busch…when he is surrounded by his crew/NASCAR officials.

    C’mon Kyle, put up of STFU!

  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    It really was a shame those two had to act up. And I still say he was bumped down below the yellow, so the pass should have been legal. But I am glad Smith finally got his win.

    @Justin::::It was Harvick that waited till his crew/posse showed up.

  3. tyler west Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Man, people whine too much!! That race was AWESOME!! I don’t care if Harvick and Bush had a little dust up, that is what the sport is in dire need of. REAL altercations and REAL emotion, not the garbage the TV folks try to hype up till it’s just old news. Darlington does that, guys get mad, they get even and real race fans have been missing that for some time now. GREAT RACE!! GREAT ALTERCATION!! Both lost their heads but heck, that is what is needed BIG TIME!!. I doesn’t matter what Kyle does because that haters out there are too dumb to realize he is one of the best things for the sport!! The guy is real and so is Harvick. They race hard and they get mad. I LOVE IT!! I am sick of the sport sucking up to the main stream! How has that worked?? Attendance dwindling everywhere. Let it play out. In the glory days things were settled that way. I promise, if Junior did the same thing eveyone would be hailing him as the spitting image of his dad. Maybe he should. The sport needs more of the real thing!! AWESOME!!! Great Darlington race all the way around. Surprise winner, bent sheet metal, angry drivers, that is a top night of old school Nascar!!! If people don’t like it then they can go watch American Idol or some other garbage. Bristol cleaned its act up and people quit comming. More is what we need!!!

  4. Steve Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I think the real travesty is FOX spending the bulk of the time on the altercation instead of giving Smith his due. But then again, since Smith is basically ignored every race, it didn’t fit into their plans that he would actually win the race.

    Hopefully Regan and Furniture Row can get more sponsorship out of this win. I have always wondered how well he would do in a quality ride. He takes care of his equipment and is a good driver. Hopefully this will open up some more opportunities for him

  5. Justin Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    @Sue, doesnt it speak volumes that Harvick’s crew had Kevin’s back, and Kyle’s crew was no where to be found? It isnt like time stood still long enough for the 29 team to show up. There was enough time for both teams to show up. The 29 team was ready to back their driver, the 18 team wasnt….

    But seriously, should that even be an argument? Have you ever seen a “gang” style beat down in NASCAR where it was an entire team/organization against one man? It isnt like it would have been the 29 team VS Kyle Busch. It would have been Harvick vs Busch, as the 29 team cheered them on, lol. Dont tell me, Busch was fearful of the whole team beating him up, LMFAO. He should be wondering where his team was at, that is the second biggest development in my opinion.

  6. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Rich, we are in an age where we need Role Models for Kids, and I feel that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick flunked that course already, long ago. I am sick of Kyle being mouthy and I feel that Kyle and Kevin succeeded at ruining Regan’s True 1st Win.