After securing sole possession of the championship lead, Smith said, "I played my cards just right. I sat back there, saved my tire, and went hard the last couple laps. That pace Brad set was pretty hard, and I didn't know if the tires would hold up, so I just cruised back in third. I saw 'five to go' and wanted to inch up there. I led it there for a minute with three to go and knew I wanted to be back (in third). I was a sitting duck. So I waited to the last lap to make my move and fortunately drafted Brad. I'm so happy to get seven in a row in front of this great crowd in Sacramento. This place is definitely special to me"