Regan Smith to Sub for Biffle at Memphis
Driver To Practice and Qualify No. 60 Charter Communications Ford
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2004) – Busch Series driver Regan Smith has
accepted the task of practicing and qualifying the No. 60 Charter Communications
Ford at Memphis Motorsports Park for the Sam’s Town 250 on Oct. 23. Greg
Biffle will be unable to attend Friday’s activities at the .75-mile track
because his NEXTEL Cup responsibilities require him to be in Martinsville preparing
his No. 16 National Guard Ford for the Subway 500 on Oct. 24. Biffle will be
on hand for Happy Hour and the race, but if scheduling conflicts arise due
to weather, Smith will compete in the 250-lap event at Memphis.
Smith, a 20-year old driver originally from Cato, N.Y., has spent the last
two seasons competing on a limited basis in the NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman
Truck Series. Most recently he drove the No. 50 Holigan Racing entry that closed
its doors, affording Smith the opportunity to drive for the winningest team
in Busch Series history.
In addition, Smith has run a handful of Busch events in the No. 56 Mac Hill
Motorsports car along with running an event in the No. 1 Yellow car where he
scored his career best finish of 15th at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Earlier in the season at Nazareth, Smith participated in a similar substitution
role for Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 car. Unlike the Memphis weekend where he
will get a full practice session prior to qualifying the No. 60, Smith qualified
the No. 38 on the outside pole for Nazareth after having just six laps of practice.
“Of course I’d like to be employed full-time right now, but I’m
excited about the opportunity to help out Greg (Biffle) and the No. 60 Charter
team,” said Smith. “Roush Racing is a great organization and I’m
looking forward to working with Brad (Parrott) and the team and helping them
get the car qualified and setup for the Memphis race.
“Everyone knows that Roush Racing has good equipment and I’m anxious
to get the opportunity to hopefully show everyone what I’m capable of
doing. I almost wish it would rain on Saturday so I could run the race. Really
though, I’m just happy to be able to help out and maybe this will open
some doors for me in the future.”
“We’re excited to have Regan working with us at Memphis,” said
crew chief Brad Parrott. “He a great kid with tons of enthusiasm, and
he’s got what it takes to get it done. He did a phenomenal job qualifying
the No. 38 car earlier in the year at Nazareth and that definitely got our
attention. Once we found out Mike (McLaughlin) was going to drive the No. 25
the remainder of the year, Regan was our first choice for Memphis. I’m
just glad he was available.
“Best thing about this deal is we don’t have to change anything
in the car because he and Greg are basically the same size. I think all we
have to do is move the steering column up a little and that’s it. I know
he’ll do a great job giving us feedback so we can get the car setup for
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that
operates nine motorsports teams; five in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with
drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards,
two in the NASCAR Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle and two in the
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Edwards.