Regan Smith To Drive Busch Series For Mac Hill Motorsports

York, S.C. (January 7, 2004) Jack McNelly has named Regan Smith to drive for his Mac Hill Motorsports Busch Series team for 2004. Smith drove McNelly's #56 Chevrolet at the final Busch Series race at Miami and gave the team their best qualifying start, a 19th, in the thirteen races they ran last year.

Mac Hill Motorsports is led by veteran crew chief David Ifft and is scheduled to run at least fifteen races on the 2004 Busch Series schedule.

"I'm excited to work with Jack McNelly and David Ifft," said the twenty-year-old Smith. " Working together for just the first time at Miami we seemed to hit it off right from the start. They have good equipment powered by Hutter motors. They are building several new cars for this year. I can't wait to get started testing for Daytona."

McNelly liked what he saw in the young driver at Miami. "Regan is a fine young man and we enjoyed having him in the car at Miami. David and I were very impressed with his feedback on what the car was doing on the track and what it needed to improve. Regan is a racer and has a great desire to succeed. With the way he and the team worked together at Miami we feel like he will be able to showcase the ability of Mac Hill Motorsports and help attract a corporate partner to take us to the next level."

Smith had a short but impressive run in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2003. Though he started the season with a team that said it was dedicated to running the full schedule, economics forced a change in plans leaving the talented young driver on the sidelines following the summer Daytona race. Regan competed in 18 of the Busch Series races in 2003 and had moved to second place in the Raybestos Rookie standings after Daytona.

He had only one previous Busch Series start prior to 2003, but turned many heads in the garage with several strong performances despite driving for a team with a budget that didn't allow him any pre-race testing. Regan had to take on some of NASCAR's toughest tracks while seeing them for the first time but finished 19th at Darlington, 16th at Dover and 15th at Texas. He qualified 14th at Nazareth and set the fastest time in practice at Kentucky.