Rain And Repairs Make For A Tough Night In Kentucky

Rain shortened Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. For Regan Smith, the rain brought an end to a challenging night on the track. Smith saw his points lead dwindle to eight after right-front suspension issues forced the team behind the wall for 18 laps.

Smith established himself as a contender early on, racing to as high as seventh. Just past the halfway point, Greg Ives called Smith to pit road for a scheduled green-flag pit stop at lap 103. Smith immediately reported a problem with his Hellmann’s Centennial Chevrolet after returning to the track. The driver’s initial report was a flat left-front tire. Not until Smith hit pit road did he or the team realize the problem was actually in the right-front suspension. Quick diagnosis and repair by the No. 7 team sent Smith back on the track only 18 laps behind. With no chance at improving their running position, Smith and Ives opted to take a conservative approach the remainder of the event and sat 30th when rain halted the race 30 laps short of the scheduled distance.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Hellmann’s Centennial Chevrolet

“It’s not been the ideal two weeks for us. The right front had something go wrong with it. It’s just a product of things break occasionally; and in 33 races, you’re probably going to have that happen at some point. These guys work hard. We had a good car before then and things will be fine. It’s not the end of the world. We’ll get to Daytona next week and start trying to gain points.”

On maintaining the points lead…

“That’s a silver lining on the night (laughing). At this point, we’re not so concerned about the points. We just want to get back on track and get forward momentum going like we had a couple weeks back there. Two weeks of bad luck; one of them because somebody else was doing something stupid and one of our own doing this week, but that’s how it goes.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
Feed The Children 300

  Start 14th
  Finish 30th
  Laps Completed (Led) 170 of 170 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 14 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 1st (+8)
  Condition (Status) Running