Smith Finishes 27th in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2009) -- Regan Smith posted a 27th-place finish in Saturday night's NASCAR  Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Furniture Row Racing driver started 28th and for a good portion of the Sharpie 500 he ran in the low 20s.

"It was kind of a mixed bag tonight," said Smith. "We had some good green-flag runs, but when we slipped it was costly. When you fall two laps down it's difficult to gain track position. A couple of more cautions at the right time would have made a big difference for us, but things just didn't fall in our favor."

The Bristol event was the 12th race of the season for the part-time No. 78 Furniture Row team, which has qualified in every race.  

"We just don't want to show up and finish a race, we want to finish with a strong performance," stated Smith. "We've had some good results this year and plan on having more in our remaining races."

While Smith wasn't pleased with the 27th-place finish at the half-mile oval, he did add to his streak of never having a DNF (did not finish) in his Sprint Cup career. He has been running at the finish in 53 consecutive races.

The Bristol race winner was Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top five in order were: Mark Martin, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin.

The next race for Smith and the Denver-based Furniture Row team will be Sept. 5 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.