Smith Eager For Weekend Kickoff

No. 7 TaxSlayer Bowl Chevrolet

The race at Darlington coincides with the opening weekend of college football season, and that’s near and dear to the hearts of the people at To help celebrate the season kickoff, Smith will race a football-based TaxSlayer Bowl paint scheme for the next four races, beginning at Darlington. The TaxSlayer Bowl, set for Jan. 2, 2016 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., pairs teams from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, ACC or Notre Dame. It is the second straight season Smith and the JRM team will wear TaxSlayer Bowl colors for the opening of the college football season.

 “Darlington is one of my favorite tracks, and one that I’ve done well on especially on Labor Day weekend. We have a new paint scheme this week, for the TaxSlayer Bowl, and there’s no better time to win a race than with a new paint scheme. We left a victory on the table last week at Road America, and getting one this week won’t make up for that, but it would be great to get another one for TaxSlayer and the TaxSlayer Bowl.”

For the second straight year, Smith and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will pick college football games against each other as well as fans, who can win prizes including tickets to the game. Go to to enter through Dec. 5.

Winning a race at Darlington is one of those things that all NASCAR drivers want to do. Smith has accomplished that, winning the 2011 Labor Day-weekend Southern 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The race is among the four crown jewels of NASCAR. Since coming to JRM and the XFINITY Series, Smith has finished seventh and eighth at The Track Too Tough to Tame.

Smith sits 50 points out of the top spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings with nine races left, so he needs 5.6 points per race on the leader to be in the title hunt come Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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 Darlington (NXS):

  Starts 6
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 2
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 24
  Avg. Start 23.3
  Avg. Finish 15.8

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 23
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 7
  Top 10's 16
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 60
  Avg. Start 9.2
  Avg. Finish 10.2

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 192
  Wins 5
  Top 5's 26
  Top 10's 68
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 521
  Avg. Start 16.5
  Avg. Finish 18.1