Closing the deal is Smith's mission for Kentucky

No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy to carry "I Brake for Trains" bumper sticker

DENVER, Colo. (June 27, 2012) --After two consecutive Sprint Cup Series events where late-race incidents sent Regan Smith spiraling down the finishing order, the Furniture Row Racing driver will be aiming to snap the jinx and close the deal in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. 

Two weeks ago in Michigan a flat tire with fewer than 10 laps remaining spoiled a solid run for Smith, and in the following race at the road course in Sonoma, Calif., Smith was involved in a final-lap multicar wreck. His finishes were 28th in Michigan and 32nd in Sonoma.   

"The last two race results have been awfully disappointing, but we are determined to change that in Kentucky," said a resolute Smith. "Our Furniture Row Racing team is in need of a performance lift."

The good news for Smith, who will be driving the No. 78 Furniture Row/CSX Play it Safe Chevrolet in Kentucky, is that he is going to what he calls a "comfort zone venue."

"I've always enjoyed racing at Kentucky," stated Smith. "It's a track I feel very comfortable competing on. 

I recall being on the pole for a Nationwide race there (in 2007) and had a shot at winning until a fuel issue halted our march to victory lane."

Last year in the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, Smith qualified 12th and finished 17th.  The result had the potential of being better, but an untimely caution after making a green flag pit stop in the late stages of the race stalled Smith's charge to the front.

"We had a decent run last year and know that we can improve upon that 17th-place finish," noted Smith. "And considering what we've been through the past few weeks, I am looking forward to getting back to a mile-and-a-half track. 

"We haven't had the rhythm lately and that has cost us in both performance and points. We need to click for the entire race and bring home a strong finishing result. We have the potential, it's a matter of completing the mission."

Smith's uniform and the rear bumper of his No. 78 Chevrolet will again carry the "I Brake for Trains." message. The message is part of CSX Transportation Play it Safe campaign to urge pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution around railroad crossings.   

Check out will feature stories about American farm and ranch families during the course of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as part of Furniture Row Racing's Farm American program, an initiative to keep America’s food supply produced in the United States. This week's story is about a ninth generation Kentucky farm family.

Smith's Kentucky Speedway
Sprint Cup Results :

    ST FN  
  2011 12 17  


Smith’s 2012 Results

Date Event St Fn Laps Status Prize
02/27 Daytona 500 6 24 200/202 Running 357,034 21 23
03/04 Phoenix 3 20 311/312 Running 93,483 24/45 19
03/11 Las Vegas 28 15 267/267 Running 129,413 29/74 20
03/18 Bristol 6 24 496/500 Running 111,343 20/94 20
03/25 Fontana 22 20 128/129 Running 114,163 24/118 19
04/01 Martinsville 17 16 513/515 Running 106,343 28/146 18
04/14 Texas 26 23 332/334 Running 130,238 21/167 21
04/22 Kansas 29 24 263/267 Running 103,443 20/187 22
04/28 Richmond 15 27 398/400 Running 95,968 17/204 25
05/06 Talladega 31 40 15/194 Engine 87,275 4/208 27
05/12 Darlington 9 14 368/368 Running 117,488 30/238 26
05/27 Charlotte 10 17 398/400 Running 128,488 27/265 23
06/03 Dover 26 27 306/400 Running 103,702 17/282 25
06/10 Pocono 7 16 160/160 Running 101,393 28/310 24
06/17 Michigan 12 28 197/200 Running 87,160 16/326 25
06/24 Sonoma 31 32 109/112 Running 84,960 12/338 25

Avg. Start: 17.375
Avg. Finish: 22.938
Money: $1,951,894


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.   
    Dennis Valverde, Albuquerque, N.M.