The Climb Continues For Regan Smith

No. 7 Axalta Cromax Chevrolet

On the cusp of a top-five and a top-10 finish through the last two weeks of NXS competition, Smith has climbed 19 positions to sixth in the championship standings since Daytona. He sits 33 markers out of the lead spot.

 “Momentum and confidence are both keys to a team’s success, and after our run last week we certainly have that in our favor. Jason (Burdett) and the guys have done a tremendous job over these first few weeks of the season. Our strength right now is knowing how to get the most out of everyone on the team and we want to keep the ball rolling this weekend. “

“Phoenix offers some great short track racing. It can be a challenge to get the car comfortable at both ends of the track. Typically you have to compromise somewhere in the process, but the key is to have a car that can drive up off the corner well. ”

Axalta Coating Systems, a longtime associate partner and official paint supplier of JRM, will be featured on Smith’s No. 7 entry this weekend at PIR. A team partner since 2008, Axalta has been a part of JRM’s 22 victories in NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition. The partnership will also coincide with Axalta’s entitlement sponsorship of the race, the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200.

Smith and the No. 7 Axalta Cromax team are coming off their first top-five effort of the season, earned last weekend in Las Vegas with a third-place finish. It marked the team’s first top five since a fifth-place showing at Kentucky Speedway in September of 2014.

Smith has earned three consecutive top-10 finishes with the No. 7 team at Phoenix. He holds four starts under the JRM banner and only once finished outside the top 10 driving the No. 7 Chevrolet at PIR.

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 Phoenix (NXS):

  Starts 8
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 4
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 9
  Avg. Start 8.9
  Avg. Finish 15.1

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 3
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 2
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 15
  Avg. Start 7.3
  Avg. Finish 15.7

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 172
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 20
  Top 10's 54
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 476
  Avg. Start 17.3
  Avg. Finish 19.1