Smith, Furniture Row Racing Carrying Momentum to Texas
DENVER, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2010) -- Buoyed by recent strong performances, Regan Smith and the Furniture Row Racing team will take their late-season momentum to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's running of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup race.
Smith has posted three top-13 results in the last four Cup races, including a 12th-place finish in Sunday's event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. His other top finishes were 12th in Fontana, Calif (Oct. 10) and 13th in Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 16). The only blemish for Smith during this four-race span was two weeks ago in Martinsville, Va. where he was involved in an accident.
"Though the progress we're making is a positive, we still leave the races unfulfilled because we always feel that we could have done better in our Furniture Row Chevrolet," said the 27-year-old Smith. "Sure, it's a good feeling to be running alongside the big dogs of the sport, but we need to step it up and get to the next level of top-10 finishes. Right now, a top-10 finish would almost feel like a win."
Smith said the team's finishing goals have been changing throughout the 2010 campaign.
"At first we wanted to stay in the top 35 in points and not have to qualify on time," noted Smith. "Then it was a top-25 finish. That goal was later dropped to a top-20. Now, if we don't get a top-15 or better finish it is not considered a successful weekend. It's been fun this year seeing our Furniture Row Racing team improve in all areas of the operation, including the driver."
The good news for Smith is that the 1.5-mile Texas oval is the kind of track that has been good for the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team.
"We have probably had our best performances this season on the mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks," said Smith. "We had a decent finish (21st) at Texas in the spring race. As a team we've come a long way since our last visit to Texas and that's why I feel good about our chances this weekend."