Smith Salvages 19th at Indianapolis    

Regan Smith and the team salvaged a 19th-place finish in Saturday’s Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to cap the JR Motorsports efforts at the historic speedway. Smith’s race began with promise, as he quickly began a steady ascent toward the front of the field. In the opening 20 laps he worked into the top 10, occupying the ninth spot prior to the first round of green-flag pit stops. With lap times that were comparable to the top-five competitors, Smith drove to as high as seventh by the halfway point. The team was poised to continue its climb, when suddenly Smith radioed there was debris on the grille causing the engine temperatures to spike. The No. 7 quickly hit pit road to clean the grille and remove nose tape that would help decrease the temperatures. The team’s efforts helped nurse the engine home over the final 35 laps. Even after the issues, Smith still managed a 19th-place finish and maintained the second spot the championship battle.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Chevrolet
“All things considered, I think we were all shocked and relieved to make it to the finish after our problems today. Personally, I’ve never had an engine survive the race after getting that much grass on the grille. Typically that’s a terminal issue. It’s a tribute to the engine boys at Hendrick and our whole team at JR Motorsports. Today could have been much, much worse. So to come out of here still six points out of the lead, I think we’ll take that.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
Indiana 250

  Start 16th
  Finish 19th
  Laps Completed (Led) 100 of 100 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 25 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 2nd (-6)
  Condition (Status) Running