Live To Fight Another Day

Regan Smith battled an ill-handling car throughout the 200-lap event for a 13th-place result, dropping him to second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings for the first time since late April.

Smith’s day was a seemingly-uphill battle with the No. 7 Speedco Chevrolet’s handling. Crew chief Greg Ives called for multiple adjustments to remedy what began as a purely tight condition, and after a plethora of changes, became an extremely loose race car. So loose that Smith eventually lost control exiting turn four at lap 128, narrowly avoiding contact with the wall and Michael Annett’s No. 43 car. Down the stretch, Smith’s message to both himself and spotter T.J. Majors was to “Live to fight another day (in the championship) and not put himself in a bad situation (on the race track),” as he salvaged a 13th-place finish. Smith now trails Sam Hornish Jr. by seven points in the drivers’ standings.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Speedco Chevrolet
“Obviously we’re disappointed with how the race played out. We felt like we made the right changes going into the race but the Speedco Chevy was way too tight right from the start. Greg (Ives) made a few big swings and finally got it so loose that I spun off (turn) four. Just looking it over in the garage after the race, we already have an idea of what happened and know what we’ll do different moving forward when we come back here in September.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
STP 300

  Start 13th
  Finish 13th
  Laps Completed (Led) 200 of 2 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 31 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 2nd (-7)
  Condition (Status) Running