Smith Earns Top-5 Finish In Las Vegas

The trials and tribulations for Regan Smith over the past two seasons vanished in the sunlight of Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, thanks to a solid third-place finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Boyd Gaming 300. Smith’s third-place finish was his first top-five of the season, and served notice that the 2014 series runner-up is back in the groove.

Starting seventh, Smith and crew chief Jason Burdett patiently worked to get the No. 7 Great Clips Chevrolet handling well and as the race came down to the final 40 laps, they were sitting in the top five. During a caution flag on lap 173, Burdett called Smith in for four fresh tires, and that proved to be pivotal. He had fresher tires than everyone else at the time and enough fuel to easily last the distance. On a restart with 21 laps to go, he got underneath second-place Brendan Gaughan and set sail for race-long leader Austin Dillon two laps later. Ryan Blaney, who had pitted for tires under caution six laps later, soon closed the distance and passed Smith for second with just seven laps remaining.
Dillon won the race, with Blaney second and Smith third. Denny Hamlin ran fourth and Smith’s JRM teammate, Chase Elliott, was fifth.

Regan Smith, driver No. 7 Great Clips team

“The Great Clips Chevy was really fast all day, and the guys worked hard all day and all year. I’m really excited to have Jason Burdett on top of the pit box. It was a good day for points after the hole we got into at Daytona. Mile-and-a-half tracks have been a big problem for us and we really focused hard on them. This thing drove exactly how I wanted it to. It was fun racing, and we’ll see what it brings for Phoenix.”

Regan Smith Race Report:
Boyd Gaming 300

  Start 7th
  Finish 3rd
  Laps Completed (Led) 200 of 200 (0)
  Points (Bonus) 41 (0)
  Standings (From Leader) 6th (-33)
  Condition (Status) Running