Smith Fired Up For Iowa

No. 7 Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet

Smith’s eighth-place run at Indy was good for more than another big check. Smith’s 12th top-10 finish of the season cut eight points off his deficit to point leader Chris Buescher with 15 races remaining in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series season. He’s fourth, 51 points out of the lead.

 “Winning the money (the NASCAR XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus) was great, but it wasn’t a race victory. I think we know as a company we have to get back to the drawing board and work double-time over the next few weeks and months to get back where we need to be with our speed. My team works harder than anybody in this garage area, and I’m proud of them for that. We left some points on the table the last time we were at Iowa, with a mechanical problem on the last restart, and I look forward to getting those back this weekend.”

Regan Smith took some more of series sponsor XFINITY’s bonus money at Indy, winning the $100,000 bonus for the second time this season. He advances to the third round Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a chance for three in a row, squaring off against Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler.

Fire Alarm Services will return to the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro for Smith this weekend. Based in Denver, Colo., the company has been a partner of JR Motorsports since 2013 and serves customers as a single provider for all their fire alarm, electrical, security and fire suppression needs.

Since coming to JRM in 2013, Smith has raced 15 times on tracks shorter than 1 mile. Over those 15 races, he’s averaged a ninth-place finish. At Iowa, he’s averaged 7.6 per finish, helped by three top-10s. His best finish, third, came two races ago.

Smith’s sixth-place run at Iowa last season kicked off a run of seven finishes of eighth or better in the next eight races. In order to catch point leader Chris Buescher for the title, Smith needs to average 3.4 points better than the leader over the final 15 races, and Iowa is the kickoff for the late-season push toward the inaugural NXS title.

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Smith at Iowa (NXS):

  Starts 5
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 3
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 59
  Avg. Start 4.2
  Avg. Finish 7.6

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 18
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 5
  Top 10's 12
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 37
  Avg. Start 9.1
  Avg. Finish 10.8

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 187
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 24
  Top 10's 64
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 498
  Avg. Start 16.7
  Avg. Finish 18.4