Regan Smith Gateway Preview

Mooresville, NC (May 4, 2004) – After taking a short hiatus due to the Mac Hill Motorsports team's lack of primary funding, Regan Smith will finally get back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Busch Series machine this weekend in the Charter 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

After having a few weeks off, Smith, who is available for other driving opportunities, explained how he passed the time before returning to the track.

“I’ve been trying to get any other deals I can possibly get, to fill in those races I don’t already have scheduled.”

Smith, running a partial deal with the Jack McNelly-owned #56 Chevrolet, also has plans to substitute for Nextel Cup driver Kasey Kahne in the #38 Dodge when scheduling conflicts arise, but is still seeking a full-time deal with a sponsored team.

In keeping up with his #56 team, Smith made a trip to the Richmond International Raceway on Monday, but was forced to skip out on the test session due to rain. Originally the team hadn’t inked the Richmond event into their plans but has since decided to make the trek to the half-mile short track for the Funai 250 on May 14th.

Putting first things first, Smith will now head to the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway. In 2003, his single showing on the Illinois track, he grabbed a strong top 20 with a 19th place finish after starting the event in 24th.

“I like Gateway. We had a really good car last year. We had a problem on pit road which cost me two laps.”

“I’m looking forward to going there again. I don’t see why we shouldn’t have a good run there. It reminds me of a road course by the way it drives.”

With the weekend schedule moving to a one-day show, Smith says that may help his effort even more.

“I don’t think it will throw us any curves. It might help out the smaller teams a little more because everybody will work on a race run the entire time. Nobody can work on trick qualifying runs because you race what you qualify.”

The 20-year-old Smith sums up his aspirations for the weekend simply by saying, “I don’t want to leave with anything outside of the top 20.”

The Charter 250 from the Gateway International Raceway will be aired LIVE on FX at 8:00 P.M. EST on Saturday, May 8th.

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