Regan Smith Takes Impressive Streak to Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 1, 2009) -- Regan Smith, who returns to Sprint Cup action this weekend, will take an impressive streak to Texas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's Samsung 500. The Furniture Row Racing driver has competed in 43 career Cup races and has finished every one of them. He has never had a DNF (did not finish).
Smith's 43 Cup races include seven in 2007 (six with Ginn Racing, one with DEI), 34 with DEI in 2008 and two this year with Furniture Row Racing.
"Honestly, I don't think about it (the streak) at all," said the 25-year-old Smith. "I go out there the same way every week and focus on finishing races, completing laps and getting the most I can out of the race car without tearing it up. I can't get better if you're constantly fixing racecars."
The Texas event will be the third race of the season for both Furniture Row Racing and Smith as the Denver, Colo.-based team is running a part-time schedule in 2009. Smith finished 21st in the Daytona 500 and 19th in Las Vegas in the two previous events Furniture Row has entered this year.
"Since Las Vegas we've had two successful test sessions at Pikes Peak International Raceway (in Fountain, Colo.) and that was very encouraging," offered Smith. "We want to keep on improving. We all felt we were better than the finishes we had in Daytona and Las Vegas."
Smith's 19th-place finish in Las Vegas on March 1 meant more to him than just a respectable result.
"I have not made it a secret that I've struggled on the mile-in-a-half tracks in the past," stated a candid Smith. "That's why the finish in Vegas was such a morale boost."
The Vegas result plus the subsequent test sessions have only made Smith a lot more antsy to get back behind the wheel of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy.
"Even though I hate to watch races, I make the best of it," said Smith. "I watch closely in an attempt to constantly learn as much as I can. But it's still pretty awful to watch. And when it's my next race to drive, I worry about qualifying since we're a part-time team and not in the top 35 in points. Once a 10-day forecast comes out for where the race will be held, I check it out immediately -- it's become an obsession. The good news with regards to weather in Texas is that it looks like we'll be okay for Cup qualifying on Friday."
After Texas, Smith and the Furniture Row team will compete at the next two Cup races -- April 18 at Phoenix International Raceway and April 26 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The team's current schedule includes 13 Cup races for 2009.