Smith Can't Shake Bad Breaks; Collected in Accident at Texas Race
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 9, 2011) -- The bad luck is not stopping for Regan Smith and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team.
What occurred Saturday night in the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway has been happening with too much regularity this season for Smith, who was forced to retire from the race early after being collected in a multicar accident on lap 212 of 334. He was credited with a 37th-place finish.
"It's the same old story," said a disappointed Smith as he watched his teammates work on his damaged Chevrolet in the garage. "I have never been through a streak of bad luck like this before. Never. It's been every race this year, even the Daytona 500 when we got shoved into the wall as we were contending for the win with a few laps to go. I just don't know what to say except, we'll just keep on fighting through this. That's all you can do."
Smith, who qualified fifth, was running in the low 20s at the time of the accident, which also took out Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr.
"Cars were crashing in front of me and I had no place to go," explained Smith. "I am not sure how it all started and it doesn't make much difference right now."
The race winner was Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Paul Menard.
The Sprint Cup Series heads to Alabama next Sunday (April 17) for the restrictor plate race at Talladega Superspeedway.