Seeking Richmond Run Of Success

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Smith runs well at Richmond, and the last five times he’s suited up on the .75-mile oval, he’s finished in the top eight. Earlier this season, he drove to a hard-fought third-place finish in the No. 7 Chevrolet, chasing race-long leader Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to the checkered.

 “We had a decent finish at Darlington, but we need a little better than just top-10. We had a good run at Richmond in May, and we’re looking for another one this weekend. It’s a good track for me, especially in JRM equipment, and I don’t think we’ve run worse than eighth here since 2013. We need every point we can get and a little help from the guys ahead of us, and we’ll be in the hunt in November at Homestead. We have to take care of business at Richmond and make a move pretty soon.”

Smith sits 54 points out of the top spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings with nine races left, so he needs six points per race on the leader to be in the title hunt come Homestead-Miami Speedway. If the next three races are any indication, Smith has a solid chance to make up that ground quickly. His average finish at RIR, Chicagoland and Kentucky this season is 8.2; Buescher’s is 12.0.

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Smith will be part of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph session this weekend at Richmond. The session is slated for 2-2:45 p.m. ET Friday in the Amphitheater behind the frontstretch stands at RIR. Wristbands will be given out beginning at 10 a.m. at the RIR display in the fan zone

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 Richmond (NXS):

  Starts 11
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 3
  Top 10's 5
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Start 18.4
  Avg. Finish 17.1

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 24
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 7
  Top 10's 17
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 60
  Avg. Start 9.2
  Avg. Finish 10.2

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 193
  Wins 5
  Top 5's 26
  Top 10's 69
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 521
  Avg. Start 16.5
  Avg. Finish 18.0