With Michigan in Rear View Mirror, 
A Revitalized Smith Motors on to Bristol 

DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2012) --  After getting wrecked unnecessarily at Michigan on Sunday and seeing his top-10 momentum stalled, Regan Smith's aim is to reignite the surge of his Furniture Row Racing team in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

"Michigan was a downer -- we had a really good car there and felt we could have brought our Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet home with another top-10 performance," said Smith, who posted a pair of ninth-place finishes prior to Michigan in Pocono and Watkins Glen. "But we got taken out by a move that was totally avoidable. You have to move on, and our focus right now, is to figure out a way to maneuver the Bristol half-mile track that will get us back in the top-10 finishing order."

History will show that maneuvering Bristol's high-banked oval has never been an easy task, and the track surface for Saturday night's Irwin Tools 500 has added a new wrinkle for the 43 cars that will start the 500 lapper.

The half-mile track has gone through a resurfacing facelift since the spring race in March with hopes of bringing back the bump-and-run style of racing that made Bristol's night event one of the most popular on the 36-race schedule.  

"Regarding Bristol's track surface, we're just going to have to wait and see how it plays out," explained Smith, who tested Tuesday at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway oval. "Whatever the differences are to the track it's going to be equal for everyone, and the teams that can figure out  the changes sooner rather than later, will have the advantage."

Smith, who has had success qualifying at Bristol with a 7.0 average in the last three events at the Tennessee mega facility, would like to see his finishes equal his time trial efforts.

"It's a good feeling about returning to short track racing, and the way our Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet has been running lately, we are pretty excited about Saturday night's race at the world's fastest half mile," noted the 28-year-old Smith. "It's always fun going to Bristol and we seem to qualify well there and have strong cars.  We had a good car back in March at Bristol but an early incident with the No. 5 car (Kasey Kahne) set us back. If we can stay away from trouble, I feel we are more than capable of posting a top-10."

In nine career starts at Bristol, Smith's best run was 14th at the 2008 August race.

The Irwin Tools 500 will be Todd Berrier's fifth race as crew chief for Smith's No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet. 

"All is well in the Furniture Row camp," stated Berrier. "What happened at Michigan is behind us. The performance was there, the luck factor wasn't."


Smith's Bristol Motor Speedway
Sprint Cup Results :

    ST FN  
  2007 (March) 12 25  
  2008 17 26  
    4 14  
  2009 (August) 28 27  
  2010 20 36  
    29 30  
  2011 3 22  
    12 18  
  2012 6 24  

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Smith’s 2012 Results

Date Event St Fn Laps Status Prize
Money
Driver
Points
Standing
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
06/30 Kentucky 26 33 209/267 Accident 81,010 11/349 26
07/07 Daytona 25 34 133/160 Accident 96,555 10/359 26
07/15 N Hampshire 17 26 298/301 Running 100,818 18/377 26
07/29 Indianapolis 17 18 160/160 Running 180,483 26,403 24
08/05 Pocono 11 9 98/98 Running 110,043 35/438 24
08/12 Watkins Glen 13 9 90/90 Running 107,568 35/473 23
08/19 Michigan 18 29 154/201 Running 96,507 15/488 23

Avg. Start: 17.478
Avg. Finish: 22.828
Money: $2,724,878

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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. 

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No. 78 Road Crew

  Crew Chief: Todd Berrier, Kernersville, N.C.   
  Competition Director: Mark McArdle, La Crosse, Wis.   
  Car Chief: Robert Huffman, Hickory, N.C.   
  Engineers: Cole Pearn, London, Ontario  
    Matt Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn.   
  Technical Director: Phil Jimenez, Germantown, 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.  

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