Smith Hoping To Gain Momentum in Vegas

No. 7 Great Clips Chevrolet

Last season, Smith earned 26 top-10 finishes in 33 races on the way to a runner-up finish in the NXS standings. One of them, a 10th-place run, came in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He ran seventh in 2013.

 “I’m looking forward to Las Vegas. It’s been a great track for me and for JR Motorsports in the past and I think it’s the perfect place for us to get momentum going our way. We were really good at Daytona to open the season and last week at Atlanta we had a great plan that never really seemed to develop the way we expected it to. Third time out, I’m confident that we’ll be very strong.”

Smith’s first top-10 finish of the season saw him jump 12 spots in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) championship points to 14th. He remains only 38 markers out of the lead spot. Last season Smith led the points for the first 11 races.

JRM’s first NXS victory came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2008, with Mark Martin. To date, the company has accumulated 22 wins with a plethora of drivers, including Chase Elliott, Ron Fellows, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Martin, Jamie McMurray, and Smith.

The race at Atlanta was the first for Smith as a father. The birth of his son, Rhett, was the talk of the garage. “It was incredible,” Smith said of the number of people stopping to wish him and wife Megan well.

This weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas marks the opener of a three-race swing to the west coast. From Las Vegas, Smith and the No. 7 team will head to Phoenix International Raceway on March 14 and to Auto Club Speedway on March 21.

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 Atlanta (NXS):

  Starts 5
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 2
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 6
  Avg. Start 176
  Avg. Finish 22.6

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 2
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 1
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 15
  Avg. Start 7.5
  Avg. Finish 22.0

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 171
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 19
  Top 10's 53
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 476
  Avg. Start 17.4
  Avg. Finish 19.2