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.