JRM Trio Rolls to Top-14 Finishes at Las Vegas

Regan Smith concluded Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in seventh place, setting the bar for the three-car team of JR Motorsports. Smith and the No. 7 Fire Alarm Services team experimented early with a two-tire stop which put them in position to lead four laps. After several cautions, the field settled in for long green-flag runs that proved costly, dropping the team outside the top-five. Smith held on to earn his first top-10 of the season.

Brad Sweet’s JRM debut in the Great Clips Chevrolet netted a 12th-place result for the No. 5 team in his first start at Las Vegas. Sweet hung on the cusp of the top-15 from the race’s outset. The team fell a lap down to the leaders on lap 175, as Sweet learned the nuances of the bumpy, 1.5-mile facility. His patient persistence landed him the lucky dog award, and once back on the lead lap, the team rallied to its finish.

After rain washed out qualifying and set the lineup based on owner points, Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself with an uncharacteristic starting spot. Remarkably, he blistered into the top-10 in the opening 35 laps with the No. 88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet. The team looked to have a top-10 finish in its grasp in the waning stages, but Earnhardt Jr.’s run was soured by a cut left-rear tire that put him a lap down. The team calmly raced their way back onto the lead lap via the lucky dog award, but lacked the time to make a charge back toward the top-10. Earnhardt Jr. finished 14th.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Fire Alarm Services team

“A lot of guys would be happy to come out of here with a top-10. For us with this Fire Alarm Chevrolet, we know we can do better and we will do better. No excuses. We’re going to head back to the shop and figure out what we need to do to be more competitive and run up front. We have high expectations for this year - and we still do - but the entire team agrees there is still work to do.”

Regan Smith Race Report: Sam's Town 300

  Start 12th
  Finish 17th
  Laps Completed (Led) 200 of 200 (4)
  Points (Bonus) 38 (1)
  Standings (From Leader) 5th (-24)
  Condition (Status) Running