Dover 200 Race Preview

DRIVER: Regan Smith / No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet

RACE: Dover 200 (200 laps / 200 miles)

TRACK: Dover International Speedway

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Quotes | Regan Smith

“Our No. 7 team really stepped up to the challenge of the past two weeks. Chicago and Kentucky have always been tough and to come out of there with a top-five and a top-10 was a solid effort. We gave up a couple points to our teammate but we’re happy to have those races behind us. Now the focus is on some of our better tracks coming up and cutting into the point’s deficit.

“Dover is its own animal. It’s one of my favorite tracks. It’s unique in the fact that there isn’t really another track to compare it to. Bristol is the closest thing but it’s much bigger than that. It’s fast and its narrow, and everything happens so quickly there, so you’ve got to be on your guard for all 200 laps.”

Note | No. 7 Team

CONCRETE RUNDOWN: In seven career races with JRM on concrete tracks (Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway), Smith has amassed one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average finish at those two facilities with JRM is 10.8.

ONE-MILE EFFORTS: At one-mile tracks driving under the JRM banner, Smith has notched one top-five (Phoenix International Raceway) and six top-10 finishes. Currently, he has six consecutive top-10 finishes to compliment a series-leading 23 top-10 efforts on the season.

CLEARING THE HURDLE: Following a fifth-place finish at Kentucky and an eighth-place effort at Chicago – two notoriously challenging tracks for the 7 team - Smith now has a top-10 finish at every current track on the NNS schedule during his tenure at JRM, excluding only Road America.

LEAD LAP STATS: Smith leads all NNS regular drivers in percentage of laps on the lead lap. According to NASCAR Statistical Services, Smith has completed 4,630 of 4,851 laps (95.44 percent) on the lead circuit this season.

JRM VS. THE MONSTER: It has been five years since JRM last conquered the Monster Mile. In 2009, the No. 88 team found victory at Dover after leading only two laps on the day. At the time, it marked JRM’s fifth overall victory. JRM has added another 16 wins to its tally since, including nine in 2014 with drivers Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith.

MEDIA INFORMATION

TV: ESPN2 (3:30 p.m. ET)

RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (3 p.m. ET)

PRACTICE: 9/26, 10-10:50 a.m. ET (FS1)

FINAL PRACTICE: 9/26, 2-3:20 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

QUALIFYING: 9/27, 12:15 p.m. ET (FS2)

GREEN FLAG: 9/27, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS

1. Chase Elliott........................................................ 992

2. Regan Smith ........................................................ -20

3. Ty Dillon................................................................... -38

4. Brian Scott ............................................................ -55

5. Elliott Sadler ......................................................... -61

6. Trevor Bayne ....................................................... -92

7. Chris Buescher ................................................ -175

8. Brendan Gaughan ...................................... -194

9. Ryan Reed ......................................................... -253

10. James Buescher .......................................... -265

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