Patience And Skill Bring Home Top-10 For Smith

Regan Smith and the No. 7 team rebounded from a cut tire to score an eighth-place finish in Friday night’s VFW Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Prior to the tire issue, Smith’s race was relatively quiet, as he steadily maintained a position among the top-10. The high point for the No. 7 team came after a lap-61 pit stop under caution, which propelled Smith four positions to third. With a loose condition on restarts, Smith slipped to seventh after the green-flag waved.

Smith was riding in eighth on lap 87 when the left-rear tire of the machine suddenly went down, initiating a smoke-filled spin and bringing out another caution. Smith hit pit road for fresh tires and lined up 23rd for the restart. Once up to speed, Smith put on a showcase of patience, skill and speed, climbing 15 positions to find his place among the top-10 prior to the checkered flag.

The finish gives Smith his seventh-consecutive top-10 finish in as many races this season.

Smith’s JRM teammate and rookie standout Chase Elliott won the race in his first start at the treacherous facility. It marked the first back-to-back Nationwide Series wins in JRM history. He was followed to the line by Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 team

“It was a great effort by our TaxSlayer team tonight. We tried to stay with the track on changes, but at times it was a struggle. It was disappointing to line up that far back after we cut that tire. Still we didn’t lose focus and made up a lot of positions. It was a solid point’s day and we’ll take it and move on to Richmond."

“Congratulations to Chase, Greg, all the guys on the NAPA team and everyone at JRM. What an awesome job they’ve done over the past two weeks. They’re a talented bunch and I’m thankful to be part of such a strong organization.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

  Start 8th
  Finish 8th
  Laps Completed (Led) 147 of 147 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 36 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 2nd (-13)
  Condition (Status) Running