STILL IN CONTROL

Hellmann’s Centennial Chevrolet Camaro

As the Nationwide Series makes its way to Kentucky Speedway for the Feed The Children 300, Reagan Smith remains in control of the top standing..  Despite a last-lap crash at Road America last weekend that relegated him to a 32nd-place finish, Regan Smith maintains a 28-point lead over Justin Allgaier in the Nationwide Series championship battle. Sam Hornish Jr. is 30 points out in the third position.

“If I had to grade our season so far, I’d give our Hellmann’s team a B+. I think there are plenty of areas we can improve on, but we’ve done a really good job of being consistent and taking what the races and tracks will give us. I feel like things have been going as anticipated – aside from last week – and because of that we’ve been able to learn things that are going to pay dividends the further we get into the year.

“We’re happy with a 28-point lead in the championship, but in no way are we satisfied. There is no denying that we took a huge points hit last week. And that’s one of the reasons why we worked so hard to have a big lead and somewhat of a cushion if anything goes wrong. I’d much rather be getting chased from 28 points out front than be the one chasing from 28 points behind.”

KENTUCKY FIRST
Smith earned his only NASCAR pole in 2007 at Kentucky Speedway during NNS competition. He went on to lead 46 laps during the event, marking another career high for the Cato, N.Y.-native.

MEET REGAN SMITH AT KENTUCKY WALMART
Fans are invited to meet JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith for autoraphs on Thursday from 2 p.m.— 3 p.m. EST at the Walmart (20 Ferguson Blvd.) in Dry Ridge, Ky.

NATIONWIDE’S DASH 4 CASH QUALIFIER
Nationwide Insurance’s thrilling Dash 4 Cash program is back for the 2013 season, beginning with the qualifying race at Kentucky Speedway. The program is only open to Nationwide Series regulars, with the top-four eligible finishers in Friday night’s race, and in the program’s four main races, advancing into the ensuing rounds of Dash 4 Cash at Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The highest finishing series regular in each of the those races wins $100,000 and automatically advances to the next round. If a driver wins all four Dash 4 Cash races, Nationwide Insurance will award an additional $600,000 to the purse, bringing the total prize money to $1 million. Fans can log on to www.nascar.com/dash4cash for a chance to win $100,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

100TH BIRTHDAY FOR HELLMANN’S CONTINUES
For the second time this season, Smith’s Chevrolet will feature a special celebratory paint scheme in honor of Hellmann’s 100th birthday. The No. 7 Chevrolet is complete with balloons, confetti and a chocolate-mayo cake on the hood. You can find the special recipe to the Hellmann’s chocolate-mayo cake at www.hellmanns.com . Smith will race the Hellmann’s Centennial car next week at Daytona International Speedway and again at Richmond International Raceway this fall.

7 TEAM CHASSIS INFORMATION
Smith and the Hellmann’s Centennial team will race chassis 774. Smith has a top-10 finish in each of the three events the team has raced this chassis (California, Charlotte and Las Vegas), along with an average finish of 6.6.

No. 7 Season Stats:

  Starts 14
  Wins 2
  Top 5's 4
  Top 10's 11
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 48
  Avg. Finish 8.6
  Driver Points 1st (+28)
  Owner Points 3rd (-58)


Smith at Kentucky (NNS):

  Starts 5
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 0
  Poles 1 (2007)
  Laps Led 4
  Avg. Finish 28.0
  Best Finish 16th (2006)