Motorsports roundup: Regan Smith wins at wreck-filled Talladega

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Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag Saturday night.

The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line and Kahne crossed it first.

But NASCAR decided Smith was leading when the caution came out.

Sao Paulo 300

Winning the Sao Paulo 300 for a fourth straight time became a lot harder for Will Power after a mishap in qualifying sent him to the back of the grid for Sunday’s IndyCar race.

“It’s going to be very tough,” Power said. “We would have to be lucky, have a lot of things going our way.”

NHRA rained out

Rain forced NHRA officials to postpone the NHRA Southern Nationals until next weekend.

Two sessions of qualifying are set for Friday, and the final eliminations will be run Saturday.

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