Smith Endures Long Night in Texas, Finishes 34th in Texas

FORT WORTH, TX. (Nov. 4, 2008) – Regan Smith battled an ill-handling race car in Sunday’s Dickies 500 before settling for a 34th-place finishing position. It was Smith’s second Sprint Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway, and the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver was the first to admit that the result was not what he or his team expected.
“We tested really well in Charlotte a few weeks ago and we thought the results from the test would transfer over to Texas because the tracks or so similar,” said Smith, who now trails Sam Hornish Jr., 198-194, in rookie of the year points. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Our car was so loose tonight and we couldn’t get it to tighten up. It wouldn’t respond to any of the changes we made, and I think a lot of that was due to the fact we started the race during the day and ended it at night. The track changed as the day ended, so we were always trying to adjust the car for that. It was a real battle.
“Tracks this size (1.5 miles in length) have been our nemesis this year. We’ve had good runs at the superspeedways and the short tracks, but the intermediates have been hard for us to get a handle on.
“We just need to take a step back, catch our breath and get ready for Phoenix. This team has always responded when the chips are down, and I’m sure that will be the case again this weekend.”