Smith Fights Handling Issues, Finishes 26th in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 3, 2010) -- Regan Smith finished 26th in Sunday's Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Race at Kansas Speedway.

After a strong qualifying effort of 13th and two solid practices on Saturday, Smith was looking to finish off the weekend with a positive performance at the 1.5-mile oval. But as soon as the green flag dropped to start the 267-lap, 400-mile race Smith experienced handling issues with his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.

"We just couldn't get the car to stick the way we wanted to," said Smith, who drove in only his second career Cup race at Kansas Speedway. "What's disappointing is that everything leading up to the race was positive. The car felt good in qualifying and also during Saturday's final practice session. But we'll learn from what happened today and I am confident that we'll continue our improvement."

Furniture Row Racing crew chief Pete Rondeau echoed the same feelings as Smith during post-race interviews.

"We were off -- just missed the setup today," said Rondeau. "We were decent yesterday in practice and had a feeling the car might be too tight today and it was. We just need to get better on Sunday compared to Saturday and that will come with time."

The Kansas race winner was Greg Biffle. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Stewart and Jeff Gordon. 

The next Sprint Cup race is Sunday (Oct. 10) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.