Smith, Furniture Row Racing Capture 2nd Straight Top-15 Finish
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2010) -- For the second straight week Regan Smith brought home a top-15 finish as the Furniture Row Racing driver claimed a 13th-place result in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With his 12th-place result in Fontana, Calif. last week, it's the first time in Smith's short career that he has scored back-to-back top-15 finishes.
"We're having a blast and it is sure gratifying to see all of the hard work pay off," said Smith. "We're happy with the improvement, but not content where we are at. We want to keep moving forward. I guess before you get top-10s, you first need to get top-15s. We're trending in the right direction."
Smith who had a strong car during the prerace practice sessions at Charlotte, got bumped around a little early and fell a lap down. But a persistent Furniture Row team, which included quick pit stops by the over-the-wall crew, fought back during the 334-lap event to finish on the lead lap.
"Just like last week in California, the key to our result tonight was a great pit call by Pete (Rondeau, crew chief)," said Smith, who is on track to start in all 36 season Cup races for the first time in his career.
When the final caution came out on Lap 310, Smith was positioned in 18th place. Rondeau decided against pitting and opted for track position. When the race was restarted with 21 laps remaining Smith was in eighth place.
"We knew we weren't going to hold off everyone who took new tires, but we did know that when the tires leveled off, we would be in good shape," explained Smith. "The decision not to pit was a gain of five spots in track position. We had a good car all day and it was at its best on long runs. This team had plenty of fight today."
The race winner was Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle.
The next stop for Smith and the Denver, Colo.-based team will be Sunday (Oct. 24) at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.