Steak-umm Race Preview: Richmond
Quotes from Regan Smith / Driver, No. 01 Steak-umm Chevrolet:
“It’ll be great to get back to some short track racing. Richmond always provides a great finish, regardless of what series is racing there. It’s just that type of track. It provides all the thrills of short track racing, but there’s more than one groove so you can run high if you need to.
“This is a big race for us. It will be my first time racing there in a Cup car, so that makes the race even more exciting for me. We’re bringing our Martinsville car and we had a good run in it (finished 14th) and I think we’ll be able to at least match that run on Saturday.
“We’re still locked in the top-35 in owner points but we’re not quite as comfortable as we want to be. One bad race and we could get bumped back out, so we need to have a good race Saturday. I know the guys on the team have been working hard and you can tell. Our engines have been strong all season.
“Plus, we’ve got a new sponsor with Steak-umm. This is the first time we’ve had them on the car and we’d like to reward those guys with a good finish. It would be a great way to thank them for supporting us.”
Regan Smith’s Nationwide Series Statistics at Richmond International Speedway: 6 starts, 1250 of 1503 laps completed (83.2%), 0 laps ledWin: 0 (0.0%) Average start: 24.5 Total Winnings: $107,439Top 5: 0 (0.0%) Average finish: 27.2Top 10: 0 (0.0%) DNF: 2
Car Facts: #057, finished 14th at Martinsville
Race Facts: 400 laps / 300 miles
Qualifying: Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET (Speed), MRN Radio
Race: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET (FOX), Sirius Satellite Radio, MRN
Smith Looks to Continue Momentum at Richmond
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 29, 2008) – After earning rookie-of-the-race honors in Sunday’s event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver Regan Smith hopes to have another strong run Saturday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Smith finished 22nd last weekend at NASCAR’s largest venue (2.66 miles) but as the series heads to Richmond, one of the circuit’s smallest tracks (0.75 miles), he is unfazed by the transition.
“At the end of the day, the goal is always the same -- try to put yourself in a position to win the race,” Smith said. “It will be nice to not have to worry about the big multi-car pileup that can happen at Talladega, but you still need to try and keep your nose clean and be there at the finish.
“Richmond is a great track,” continued Smith. “Even though it’s a small track, it’s wide so there’s plenty of room to pass. It’s got a number of grooves on it, too, so you can run pretty much anywhere you need to.”
Smith and his team will be unveiling a new sponsor for the 400-lap event -- Steak-umm, the best known sandwich steak brand in the country. The company is using a special Steak-umm paint scheme on the No. 01 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet to promote their burgers.
“I want to thank Steak-umm for joining us this weekend,” said Smith. “I’m making an appearance for them on Thursday and it’s always cool to meet a bunch of NASCAR fans. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a good run in the Steak-umm Chevrolet Saturday night. That would be a great way to thank the company for sponsoring our car.”
Live coverage of Saturday’s Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 begins at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.