Despite Loss of Team Transporter, Smith Says it
Will be Business as Usual in Season Finale
DENVER (Nov. 17, 2010) -- It has by no means been a normal work week for Furniture Row Racing, but driver Regan Smith feels it will be a normal weekend for the Colorado-based team at the NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale in Homestead, Fla.
The team's transporter suffered heavy damage in a multi-vehicle accident Monday morning while returning to Denver from Sunday's Sprint Cup race in Phoenix. Shortly after hearing the news of the accident, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stepped up and offered to provide a fully-loaded transporter for the No. 78 team at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"You have to tip your hat to our team folks in Denver and appreciate how quickly they got things done following the accident," said Smith. "The logistics had to be overwhelming, but the bottom line is that we'll be racing this weekend and the transition to a RCR hauler should be seamless. We might have a couple of minor inconveniences like where to find a spare part. But other than that it will be business as usual.
"I also want to applaud RCR for providing us with a hauler. A class act from an outstanding partner. And to go through all of this extra work while battling for the season championship with the No. 29 car really shows the quality and depth of Richard Childress and his entire organization."
Smith went on to say from his home in North Carolina that he felt a little guilty because his weekly routine wasn't interrupted, which obviously wasn't the case at the Denver race shop.
"I haven't missed a beat this week," noted Smith. "I can only imagine the scrambling that our guys had to go through to button up all of the details for this weekend. I wish I could have been there to offer assistance, but since I couldn't I am hopeful that I can give them a good showing on the track at Homestead in our No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet."
Smith knows what it takes to produce a good showing, especially at the 1.5-mile tracks like Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We've been fairly strong at the mile-and-a-half tracks for the better part of the year," explained the 27-year-old Smith. "We've come close a couple of times to a top-10 finish and this could be the weekend that we get it done. It would be a great way to head into the offseason."
Sunday's Ford 400 will be only the third Cup start for Smith at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His other two Cup appearances at the south Florida track came during his 2008 rookie-of-the-year season.