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Regan Smith won the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway by edging Brad Keselowski at the finish line in overtime.

It was redemption for Smith, who was leading on the last lap a year ago when he tried to block Keselowski to preserve the win. It triggered a 12-car accident that sent Kyle Larson's car into the fence. Nearly 30 fans were injured from debris that sailed into the grandstands.

The win was Smith's fourth career victory in the Nationwide Series, but first at Daytona.

Keselowski finished second, .013 seconds behind. The finish was the second-closest at Daytona International Speedway and seventh closest in series history.

Trevor Bayne was third.

Kyle Busch, winner of Friday night's Truck Series race, was fourth and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler was fifth.


Rock national anthem raises eyebrows at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — "America's most patriotic rock band" performed America's most patriotic song at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

And the reviews were mixed.

Madison Rising's rendition of the national anthem had a few drivers chuckling and some fans shaking their heads before the Nationwide Series season opener.

The band's version of "The Star Spangled Banner," which has more than 5 million views on YouTube, was shortened for television purposes. Nonetheless, the guitar-heavy interpretation seemed to catch NASCAR off guard. Drivers Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick had puzzled looks on their faces near the end of it.

Lead singer Dave Bray acknowledged beforehand "we took some liberties. The reverence is still there, but it has sort of taken on the death march in a way. It's very sullen and sung in a very sullen way."
 

NASCAR considers limiting drivers' double duty


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch's thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR's top series.

The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear.

NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier events Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season. Officials have already talked about a potential rules adjustments, and Busch's win Friday night surely will lead to more discussions.

Maybe even a change.
 

Busch wins Truck Series season opener at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch used a perfectly timed pass to edge Timothy Peters in the final few feet to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Peters was leading coming out of the final turn and did all he could to block Busch. But Busch didn't blink and drove by Peters just before the finish line.

It was Busch's 36th Truck Series victory and first at Daytona. He gave Toyota its eighth consecutive Truck Series win there. It also was the automaker's fourth victory in four races during Speedweeks.

Johnny Sauter was third, followed by Ryan Truex, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ryan Blaney. Defending series champion Matt Crafton was 13th.

This one will be remembered for the finish, which was the series' closest in 15 years at Daytona. It was the eighth-closest margin in series history.