Smith, Furniture Row Racing Taking Momentum to Dover
DENVER, Colo. (May 12, 2010) -- Continuing the momentum from last week's Sprint Cup race in Darlington, S.C. is paramount according to Regan Smith, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.
"Performance wise, we had a strong race last week at Darlington and it sure felt good to be running with the big dogs," explained Smith. "I feel it's very important that we take advantage of what we did in Darlington by doing it again on Sunday in Dover. We're establishing a progression of improvement and that's why we're all feeling pretty good at Furniture Row Racing."
After running in the top-15 for a good portion in Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway, Smith slipped at the end when he got boxed in on the final restart with 18 laps to go. He finished 17th.
"We sure had mixed feelings about Darlington," said crew chief Ryan Coniam. "I know that Regan was bummed after a great driving job, and I was equally as bummed because we had the potential for a top-10 finish. But on the flip side, there were plenty of positives that came out of the Darlington weekend that we will take to Dover."
Regarding Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 Cup race, the good news for the Denver-based Furniture Row team is that Smith is enamored with the facility, and has had some decent runs at the all-concrete Monster Mile.
"I join the chorus of drivers when I say that Dover is an awesome place to race at," said Smith. "I've only raced there a few times, but each time I am at Dover I enjoy the place even more. We're knocking at the door for our first top-10 and I have this inner feeling that the door is going to open soon."
Sunday's race will be Smith's fifth Cup start at Dover. His best finishes were 21st in June 2008 and 22nd in June 2009.