Smith Ready To Be Patient At Bristol

 “There is a lot of patience required to run well at Bristol. We’ve seen an evolution in that track over the past couple years where it has gone from a single lane on the bottom racetrack to a single lane on the top racetrack. In the two most recent races there, you started to see the tempers flare again. You started to see guys get fired up a little more. Passing became tougher. Every time that place becomes a single-lane racetrack, and the passing gets tougher, we see more incidents and more emotion out of everyone. There’s going to be times where you’re up in the front of the pack, and times where you’re mixed up in traffic, trying to get through it. That’s why it requires so much patience. You know it’s going to be a challenge when you strap into that seat for 300 laps at Bristol.”

Regan spent all day Tuesday with team owners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Hendrick and Kelley Earnhardt Miller in Tallahassee, Fla., as the group from JR Motorsports made appearances at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick/GMC/Cadillac. Smith and Earnhardt Jr. signed autographs at both dealerships as part of “Dale Jr. Day”, an event designed to meet and thank new customers.

From his personal twitter account (@ReganSmith), Smith tweeted on Tuesday, “Having fun today with everybody at @DaleJrChevy and @DaleJrBGC. Awesome dealerships and great people. Come see them for your next car!”

Smith earned his first top 10 finish of the season with a seventh-place effort at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. The finish gave Smith sole control of the fifth position in the championship points battle (previously he was tied for the spot with Parker Kligerman). He is 24 markers out of the lead.

Smith holds several distinctions in NASCAR’s Loop Statistics. He holds the highest pass differential
among all drivers with a +65 in the season-to-date box scores. Smith is also one of only four drivers to have run all of this season’s 520 laps on the lead lap. Additionally, he is ranked second among Nationwide-only drivers, and third overall, in laps in the top 15. Smith has spent 88.3 percent or 459 of 520 laps among the top 15.

No. 7 Season Stats:

  Starts 3
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 1
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 27
  Avg. Finish 10.7
  Driver Points 5th (-24)
  Owner Points 6th (-24)

Smith at Las Vegas (NNS):

  Starts 6
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 0
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Finish 30.7
  Best Finish 19th (August 2006)