NASCAR: Regan Smith and the 10 Most Surprising Victories Since 2000

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NASCAR: Regan Smith and the 10 Most Surprising Victories Since 2000
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Regan Smith's victory Saturday night at Darlington Raceway was nothing short of shocking. It was not only his first Sprint Cup win ever, it was his first top-five in the Cup series.

Smith actually crossed the finish line first once before, at Talladega in 2008 (Talladega will be a common theme in this list). However, his victory was immediately disqualified by NASCAR because he passed Tony Stewart below the double yellow line.

Most people probably thought he'd never again have a chance to win a Cup race, except possibly at another restrictor-plate race. And no one imagined Smith winning a race at Darlington, one of the toughest tracks in NASCAR. But he proved everyone wrong on Saturday night by holding off Carl Edwards in a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

The finish was one of the most surprising in recent years. What other shockers have there been in the last 10 years?

Read on to find out.

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