Smith Nets Top-10 Finish at Texas

Regan Smith’s race in the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet lacked consistency, but the team still had a noteworthy event. Once Smith found a spot among the top 10, he remained there, only briefly falling outside the top 10. Crew chief Greg Ives tried several adjustments during the team’s pit stops to help alleviate a handling condition that fluctuated between loose and tight. Ives’ persistence and Smith’s talents prevailed and helped thrust the team as high as third. Smith then settled into a spot among the top-seven for the conclusion of the race. With his seventh-place finish, Smith gained 26 markers on point’s leader Sam Hornish Jr. It also adds to the team’s season tally, giving them one top-five and four top-10s in six races.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team
“I’ll be the first to admit that we had high expectations for this one. It’s tough say we’re not happy with a seventh-place finish, but our TaxSlayer team wanted a bit more tonight. We’ll continue working hard to get to where we need to be. It was still a great points’ night for us. I’ve got to give a big thanks to Greg (Ives) and all the guys on this team for sticking with it through the race, especially the pit crew. They had some stellar stops.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
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  Start 6th
  Finish 7th
  Laps Completed (Led) 200 of 200 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 37 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 2nd (-2)
  Condition (Status) Running