More Data, More Experience, More Testing
Pays Off for Smith, Furniture Row Racing
DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 15, 2010) -- Regan Smith is anxious to get to New Hampshire Motor Speedway based on last weekend's performance at Richmond International Raceway.
Smith and the Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team went into the Richmond race following a successful test session at the Milwaukee Mile. What the team learned at the Wisconsin State Fair track provided a solid direction. The result was an improved qualifying effort (17th) and a solid race performance where Smith was running in the top-15 before the front-end splitter got damaged on his No. 78 Chevrolet.
"The Milwaukee test definitely helped us in Richmond, and what we learned in Richmond gave us a further direction on how to attack the New Hampshire track," said Smith. "When you just can't wait for the next weekend of racing to start you know you're experiencing both success and fun. Spirits are high in the Furniture Row camp."
Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be Smith's sixth career Sprint Cup race at the 1.058-mile oval. At the June race he posted a 33rd-place result.
"We're confident that our Furniture Row Chevrolet will be better than what it was at this year's first race in New Hampshire," stated Smith. "We have more data to go on and more experience."
Smith's crew chief -- Pete Rondeau -- has plenty of experience at the New England facility. He grew up in nearby Saco, Maine and raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway many times in the former Busch North Series.
"I love going back to New England and competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Rondeau. "Our test session in Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago was designed to help us in both Richmond and New Hampshire. We felt we made progress in Richmond and look to continue the improvement this weekend in Loudon. If we can stay away from trouble we should bring home a strong finish on Sunday. We’ve made some great gains this year and it’s been an enjoyable work in progress."