Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Video: Taylor Gray Nudged by Brandon Jones, Cleans Sammy Smith Out of Lead on Last lap at Watkins Glen

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Sammy Smith saw a dominant performance at Watkins Glen end in a fifth-place finish after he was cleaned out of the lead on an overtime finish in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race. Screengrab from FS1 race broadcast.

Sammy Smith had a dominant race in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire Delivers 100 at Watkins Glen International, as he led all but two laps in the race. Unfortunately, for Smith, one of those two laps was the last one.

On an Overtime restart, Smith was cleaned out of the lead by Taylor Gray — his main competition for the win — after Gray was nudged into turn 1 by Brandon Jones, who would go on to win the race.

Here is the restart, which led to Smith and Gray finishing fifth and eighth:

After the race, Smith and Gray talked it out on pit road and ended the conversation by shaking hands.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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