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NASCAR video: Regan Smith equals Tommy Baldwin Racing’s best finish

Regan Smith finished third at Pocono after stretching his run a little bit despite the cloud's interference on the track to move up a few spots.

It was quite a day weather-wise Monday at Pocono Raceway, and it was quite a day performance-wise for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Regan Smith, who joined the team this season, tied TBR’s best finish as a Sprint Cup organization, finishing third. That equaled Dave Blaney’s mark, set at Talladega in fall 2011.

“(This is) something that you can really get everybody pumped up at the shop about and take this on to the next race,” Smith said after the race

The key to the performance was strategy, Smith added.

“For every 10 times you try something like this, it works once or twice, and it’s even more rare that it works to the level it did today,” Smith said. “Usually you pick up a spot here or there.

“I’ll be honest, I’m kind of surprised more guys didn’t stay out that long and stretch it just a little while like we did when I realized we were running second, and quite honestly our only mission was just to try and lead a lap before we pitted.

“In doing that, it kind of drug it out just a little bit for us with Buescher staying out like they did, and who knows what would have happened if they would have pitted. I don’t know if we would have seen the cloud coming and seen what was about to take place with the fog before we would have pitted or not. But nonetheless, it didn’t matter; we were able to make the most out of it.”

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