Smith Looking for Short Track Make Good
DENVER, Colo. (March 24, 2010) -- There's unfinished business ahead for Regan Smith and Furniture Row Racing.
The Colorado-based NASCAR team is looking to rebound from Sunday's 36th-place disappointment at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway due to a flat tire that sent Smith crashing into the wall.
"We were hoping to make some hay in the standings during the back-to-back short track races at Bristol and Martinsville," stated Smith. "So far it hasn't worked out -- we went backwards at Bristol because of a tire problem. That's why a strong run on Sunday in Martinsville is even more important for the Furniture Row team."
The .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway -- known for chewing up brakes and having the tastiest hot dogs on the NASCAR circuit, will host this weekend's short track Sprint Cup race -- the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500.
"Bristol is behind us and we're going into Martinsville with a patient attitude as we attempt to score a high-points finish," said the 26-year-old Smith. "Regarding the debut of the spoiler at Martinsville, I am not really sure how that is going to come into play with our Furniture Row Chevrolet. We'll just wait and see and make adjustments as we go on."
If there were a sliver lining for Smith following Bristol's disappointment it was that the No. 78 Furniture Row team was ranked 28th in owner points, well within the top 35 teams, which receive an automatic qualifying berth.
"It's a great feeling going into a race weekend knowing that you already have a qualifying position secured," added Smith. "But just to hang around the qualifying bubble is not our goal. We're a better team than where we are currently positioned in the standings. In two of the first five races we had poor finishes that were beyond our control. At Daytona it was being collected in an early accident (finished 39th) and last week in Bristol (36th) it was a flat tire."
Sunday's race will be Smith's fourth Cup start at the historic southern Virginia track. He finished 26th in March 2007, 14th in March 2008 and 42nd in October 2008. He did not enter the two Martinsville races last year. Smith also had a 14th-place result at Martinsville in the July 2006 Nationwide race.