Snapping the superspeedway
jinx is Smith’s mission at Talladega

DENVER, Colo. (Oct. 3, 2012) – When it comes to competing at a superspeedway with a restrictor plate requirement Regan Smith has mixed feelings.

The 29-year-old driver, who enjoys competing on NASCAR’s big tracks, will be looking to overturn a five-race superspeedway negative streak in Sunday’s Good Sam Road Assistance 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“We just haven’t been able to show our strength in recent superspeedway races,” said Smith. “Accidents and malfunctions have definitely short-circuited the potential of strong finishes.”

In the past five superspeedway races – three in Daytona and two in Talladega – Smith either took an early exit or limped home with a damaged race car. His most crushing blow during this period was back in May at Talladega when a blown engine sent him packing after only 15 laps into the race.

“We might not have fared well in the last five superspeedway races, but in each of those events the Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet had the potential of running up front with the contenders.”

Smith was involved in multicar accidents in last year’s summer race at Daytona and in Talladega’s fall race. The superspeedway misfortunes continued this season with an accident in the season-opening Daytona 500, an engine failure in the May Talladega race and an accident in the Daytona summer race.

“Hopefully it will be a different ending on Sunday,” stated Smith. “A lot of effort goes into building a superspeedway program and the guys at the shop and on the road deserve something good.”

When Smith refers to “something good” it’s not just a top-10 or top-five finish – it’s about winning the race, which he has unofficially managed to do in the past. 

It’s been four years -- Oct. 5, 2008 -- when joy turned to utter shock for Smith at Talladega Superspeedway. While driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc., Smith crossed the finish line first in the 188-lap race, but after a brief celebration NASCAR ruled that he passed the lead car (Tony Stewart) on the final lap below the out-of-bounds yellow line. The victory went to Stewart while the penalty sent Smith to an 18th-place finish.

“It’s been four years, but what happened on that day is still vivid in my memory,” said Smith. “The bottom line is I still think I won the race. A victory on Sunday would of course ease that bad memory. The No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevy is definitely capable of being in Victory Lane.”


Smith's Talladega Superspeedway
Sprint Cup Results :

    ST FN  
  2007 (spring) 22 24  
  2008 29 21  
    4 18  
  2009 6 15  
    43 39  
  2010 31 38  
    39 12  
  2011 18 15  
    22 30  
  2012 31 40  

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Smith’s 2012 Results

  Date Event St Fn Laps Status Prize
Money
Driver
Points
Standing
1 02/27 Daytona 500 6 24 200/202 Running 357,034 21 23
2 03/04 Phoenix 3 20 311/312 Running 93,483 24/45 19
3 03/11 Las Vegas 28 15 267/267 Running 129,413 29/74 20
4 03/18 Bristol 6 24 496/500 Running 111,343 20/94 20
5 03/25 Fontana 22 20 128/129 Running 114,163 24/118 19
6 04/01 Martinsville 17 16 513/515 Running 106,343 28/146 18
7 04/14 Texas 26 23 332/334 Running 130,238 21/167 21
8 04/22 Kansas 29 24 263/267 Running 103,443 20/187 22
9 04/28 Richmond 15 27 398/400 Running 95,968 17/204 25
10 05/06 Talladega 31 40 15/194 Engine 87,275 4/208 27
11 05/12 Darlington 9 14 368/368 Running 117,488 30/238 26
12 05/27 Charlotte 10 17 398/400 Running 128,488 27/265 23
13 06/03 Dover 26 27 306/400 Running 103,702 17/282 25
14 06/10 Pocono 7 16 160/160 Running 101,393 28/310 24
15 06/17 Michigan 12 28 197/200 Running 87,160 16/326 25
16 06/24 Sonoma 31 32 109/112 Running 84,960 12/338 25
17 06/30 Kentucky 26 33 209/267 Accident 81,010 11/349 26
18 07/07 Daytona 25 34 133/160 Accident 96,555 10/359 26
19 07/15 N Hampshire 17 26 298/301 Running 100,818 18/377 26
20 07/29 Indianapolis 17 18 160/160 Running 180,483 26,403 24
21 08/05 Pocono 11 9 98/98 Running 110,043 35/438 24
22 08/12 Watkins Glen 13 9 90/90 Running 107,568 35/473 23
23 08/19 Michigan 18 29 154/201 Running 96,507 15/488 23
24 08/25 Bristol 14 16 500/500 Running 125,813 28/516 23
25 09/02 Atlanta 27 14 327/327 Running 126,638 30/546 23
26 09/08 Richmond 3 24 398/400 Running 101,293 20/566 23
27 09/16 Chicagoland 7 34 197/267 Engine 91,730 10/576 23
28 09/23 New Hampshire 22 16 300/30 Running 107,818 28/604 23
29 09/30 Dover 18 17 397/400 Running 102,118 27/631 23

Avg. Start: 17.00
Avg. Finish: 22.27
Money: $3,380,288

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No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-tire changer: Shane Pipala, Frankfort Square, IL
Front-tire carrier: Andy Brown, Lander, Pa.
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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