Smith Returns To Talladega As Defending Winner

No. 7 Ragu Chevrolet Camaro

Smith returns to Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 7 Ragu Chevrolet as the defending champion of the Aaron’s 312. The JRM driver won last year’s event with a brazen move that took him across three lanes of traffic and gave him the lead moments before the field was frozen due to a wreck behind the leaders. Smith remains the only driver to win multiple races with multiple car numbers under the JRM banner. He has won in both the team’s No. 5 and No. 7 cars.

 “We have high expectations each week, but knowing we’re going to Talladega gets everyone excited. As a company, we’re taking three cars there, and all of them have a chance to win. It would be awesome to make it four in a row for JR Motorsports. We certainly have a shot to do that with the Ragu Chevrolet this weekend.“

“Winning this race last year was certainly thrilling for me, especially the way it ended and going from about eighth place to first on the final lap. Obviously there was chaos at the end, but it was exciting and it will always be one of my favorite moments when I look back.”

RESTRICTOR PLATE INTEL
Smith has notched JRM’s only two restrictor plate wins with victories at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013 and the 2014 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. In four restrictor plate starts for JRM, Smith has two wins, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He has led a total of 66 laps in those events and earned an average finish of 6.0.

CHAMPIONSHIP FORM
Smith’s average finish of 7.8 this season ranks him second among Nationwide Series regulars. He is runner up to JRM teammate Chase Elliott who holds a 6.0 average on the season. Currently, Smith sits second in championship points, trailing Elliott by 19 markers.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION AT JR NATION MERCH HAULER
Fans are invited to join Regan Smith for an autograph session on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 10:15 a.m. local time at the JR Nation merchandise hauler in the Talladega Superspeedway fan concourse. Visit the JR Nation merchandise hauler for ticket distribution times.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Keep up with JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) on Twitter. You can also follow the JRM team (@JRMotorsports) or check in on the JR Motorsports Facebook page.

Smith at Talladega (NNS):

  Starts 3
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 1
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 7
  Avg. Start 23.0
  Avg. Finish 20.3


Smith 2014 Season Stats (NNS):

  Starts 8
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 8
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 35
  Avg. Start 9.0
  Avg. Finish 7.8


Smith Career Stats (NNS):

  Starts 144
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 13
  Top 10's 34
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 363
  Avg. Start 18.6
  Avg. Finish 20.9