Smith Carrying Patriotic & Racing Focus Into
Memorial Day Weekend Classic 

DENVER, Colo.  (May 23, 2012) -- Regan Smith has a message for race fans about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

“Though it’s a huge motorsports weekend, it’s not all about racing,” stated Smith. “Whether you’re traveling to Charlotte for the NASCAR races or to Indianapolis for the 500 or even to Monaco for the F1 event, please take time to remember our nation’s fallen war heroes, who paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy our freedom.”   

Smith, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet, said that he is looking forward to seeing military members gather at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race of the season.

"The soldiers are cheering for us and we're cheering for them -- the military and NASCAR have enjoyed a great relationship over the years," said Smith. 

Along with having a patriotic focus this weekend, Smith will also be focused on Sunday's 400-lap, 600-mile Sprint Cup race at the 1.5-mile oval. 

"We have a spanking-new Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet for the 600," noted Smith. "I am confident that we're coming out of our slump based on our performances at Darlington two weeks ago and in last week's Sprint All-Star Race. We hit a brick wall and there's never a quick fix to curing a problem, but we're getting closer."

Smith finished 14th at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and 12th in Saturday night's all-star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He also posted top-10 qualifying efforts in both races. 

"I feel much better than I did before Darlington," said Smith. "We found some things that have given us more speed and that's what we're going to need in the 600."

Smith is looking to continue his improvement at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he finished eighth in last year's Coca-Cola 600.  In his other two Coke 600 races -- 2008 and 2010 -- he posted 19th-place finishes for a three-event average finish of 15.333.  

"For people who know me it's no secret that Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been one of my favorite places to race at," said Smith. "The race is another crown jewel for NASCAR, and it's an exciting week with all the hoopla that surrounds the Coca-Cola 600."

The Coca-Cola 600 will also mark the two-year anniversary race for Furniture Row crew chief Pete Rondeau, who took over the position in May 2010. Smith and Rondeau have teamed for some special moments, including the 2011 Southern 500 victory at Darlington.  

"I feel we've come a long way, but still have a ways to go," said Rondeau. "You never stand pat in this business or accept satisfaction. It's alway about getting to that next level."

Smith's Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sprint Cup Results :

    ST FN  
  2008 37 19  
    29 23  
  2010 32 19  
    32 13  
  2011 20 8  
    21 25  


No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-tire changer: Shane Pipala, Frankfort Square, IL
Front-tire carrier: Jon Bernal, Holland, Mich.
Rear-tire changer: Coleman Dollarhide, Hickory, N.C.
Rear-tire carrier: Dwayne Moore, Griffin, Ga.
Jackman: Gabe Martin, Lake Wylie, S.C.
Gasman: Justin White, Lynnville, Tenn.
2nd Gasman: Ryan Bergenty, Plainville, Conn. 
7th Man/Windshield: Todd Carmichael, Redding, Calif. 


No. 78 Road Crew

  Crew Chief: Pete Rondeau, Saco, Maine  
  Competition Director: Mark McArdle, La Crosse, Wis.   
  Car Chief: Robert Huffman, Hickory, N.C.   
  Engineers: Phil Jiminez, Germantown, Tenn.  
    Matt Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn.   
  Spotters: Rick Carelli, Arvada, Colo.    
    Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.  
  Engine Specialist: Scott Meesters, Hanford, Calif.   
  Engine Builder: Earnhardt-Childress Racing  
  Shock Specialist: Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio  
  Tire Specialist: Chad Krauch, Loveland, Colo.  
  Technical Support: Michael McCullough, Imperial, Calif.   
  Mechanics: Ryan Bergenty, Plainville, Conn.   
    Todd Carmichael, Redding, Calif.   
    Joe Kerrigan, Canon City, Colo.   
  Transportation: Henry Benfield (also gas runner), Statesville, N.C.    
    Jim Gilbert, Belleville, IL  
    Dave Hicks, Montcalm, WVa.   
    Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL  
    John Slingerland, Sacramento, Calif.