Smith to Sport New Car for Saturday Night Date with Lady in Black
DENVER, Colo. (May 5, 2010) -- Driving a spanking new automobile out of a dealership lot is one of those feel-good occurrences that brings both excitement and anticipation to the buyer. The feeling is mutual in the NASCAR world when a driver gets handed a new stock car for an upcoming Sprint Cup event, especially if it's built by a powerhouse racing organization.
Regan Smith is currently enjoying that special feeling since he will have a new Richard Childress Racing-built car for his Saturday night date with the Lady in Black, also known as Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Smith's Furniture Row Racing team entered into an engineering and technical alliance with RCR at the beginning of the season.
"The Lady and I have had some so-so dates in the past and that's why I am hoping this new car will change my luck," said Smith in regards to Saturday night's race at the daunting 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval. "Any time you get to drive a new car built by the RCR people, you have to feel upbeat. And right now we're looking at this new Furniture Row Chevrolet to deliver a strong performance in Darlington."
Saturday's SHOWTIME Southern 500 will be Smith's third career Cup start at Darlington. He finished 21st last year and 29th in 2008. His best overall finish at Darlington was 12th in the 2007 Nationwide race.
"Darlington is a humbling race," stated Smith. "Just when you think you have it all under control, one little hiccup you'll be in the wall without making contact with another car. There's not much space between the car and wall, leaving you wilth almost zero margin of error. It's tense there, but because of its unique configuration, Darlington is a fun track to race on."
Smith and the No. 78 Denver-based team is coming off a disappointing finish of 30th in last week's race at Richmond.
"From an outside observer the performance in Richmond was not good," noted Smith. "But from an internal standpoint, we all feel that we made some gains as a team, and that's encouraging as we head into Darlington."
Darlington will be the 11th of the 36-race Sprint Cup schedule. Smith’s best finish in the first 10 races was 14th in the March race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.