Kyle Larson sub Regan Smith recovers from accident to finish 16th
The 12th caution of Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway occurred on Lap 285 of 500 when several cars got together heading into Turn 3 after a restart.
As the field drove into the corner, the No. 6 Ford of Trevor Bayne got into the back of Michael Annett’s No. 46 Chevrolet, sending him down the track, across the grass, over the curb and into the left side of Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet.
Ahead of that incident, the field was stacking up and the No. 41 Chevrolet of Kurt Busch got into the back of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet of Regan Smith, who was called on Sunday morning to fill in for second-year driver Kyle Larson.
All cars were able to continue with minor damage.
"It was just a check-up, chain reaction deal," Smith said after the race. "By the time it got back to me I hit the car in front of me and whoever was behind me hit me even harder. It is typical Martinsville. We saw it happening all day. Sometimes it’s such a big check-up that you can’t do anything about it. It was just a racing deal."
Recovering from the spin, Smith was able to work his way back through the field and bring the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet home in the 16th spot.
Stepping into the situation early Sunday morning, Smith felt the team was a bit better than where they finished, but still commended the team for helping him to a solid finish.
"The race car was fast," he said. "This is not one of my better race tracks. When they called on this I was like, ‘Man why does it got to be Martinsville?’ But you know it was fun to drive it all day long. Chris (Heroy, crew chief) and the guys they worked hard with me and obviously no two drivers are alike so I was trying to do a few things a little different. We just dug all day."