Smith Riding Wave Of Momentum Into California

TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Camaro

On the cusp of a pair of top-10s and an average finish of 6.5 over the last two races – a NNS career best for the native of Cato, N.Y. – and Smith and the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team are riding a wave of momentum into Auto Club Speedway. Smith has earned 76 points in that time frame, climbing a single position to fourth in the championship standings

“One of the great things about the Nationwide Series this year is how deep the field really is. You have 5 to 20 cars week-in and week-out that can go out there and win. You have a lot of guys that are hungry for wins, which equals good racing for the fans. “For our TaxSlayer team, I’m confident the wins will come. It’s just a matter of time. I feel like we’re just now hitting our stride. We’re clicking and learning new things every race. When we go back to these tracks, we’ll know exactly what to do thanks to that knowledge. I think the further we get into this season, the more dangerous a race team we’re going to be. The points are a big deal to us. We’re thinking about points every lap, every track. We have to. Sam (Hornish) has a bit of a buffer right now, but it’s still early.”

THE TRUTH IN NUMBERS
Only four races into the 2013 NNS season, Smith’s driver rating of 101.1 ranks him sixth among his peers. Additionally, Smith ranks among the top-four competitors in 10 of 15 loop data categories tracked by NASCAR Statistical Services. The JRM driver either holds the lead or runner-up spot in the following categories: fastest drivers early in a run, fastest drivers on restarts, fastest speed in traffic, laps in the top -15, percentage of laps on the lead lap and speed by quarter.

SMITH AND SWEET TO PARTICIPATE IN NNS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Fans at the Auto Club Speedway event will have the opportunity to attend an autograph session with both JRM drivers Regan Smith and Brad Sweet on Friday, March 22 from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. PT. The two will join a host of other NNS drivers for a series-wide autograph session located at the south entrance to the NNS garage.

TAXSLAYER.COM RIDE ALONG WITH DALE JR. SWEEPSTAKES
JR Motorsports’ partner, TaxSlayer.com is offering fans the chance to win a thrilling three-lap ride along with Dale Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 14. Fans can enter at www.taxslayer.com/dalejrridealong/. In addition to the ride along, one lucky winner and guest will receive tickets to the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup races at Charlotte on Oct. 11-12, and a track tour. A meet & greet and question & answer session with Dale Jr. is also part of the winning package.

No. 7 Season Stats:

  Starts 4
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 2
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 27
  Avg. Finish 9.5
  Driver Points 4th (-26)
  Owner Points 5th (-26)


Smith at California (NNS):

  Starts 5
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 1
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Finish 24.0
  Best Finish 9th (February 2007)