Regan Smith - Haas Automation Racing Team Report

Haas Automation Racing Team Report
Round 3 of 36 – Kobalt 400 – Las Vegas

Car No.: 41 – Haas Automation Chevrolet

Primary Team Members:  
Driver: Regan Smith
Hometown: Cato, New York
Crew Chief: Tony Gibson
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
Car Chief: Kevin Pennell
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Engine Builder: Hendrick Motorsports
Headquarters: Concord, North Carolina
Engine Specialist: Stephen Raynor
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Spotter: Rick Carelli
Hometown: Denver
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:  
Gas Man: Rick Pigeon
Hometown: Fairfax, Vermont
Front Tire Changer: Shane Pipala
Hometown: Frankfort Square, Illinois
Second Gas Man: Justin Wilson
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Front Tire Carrier: Jon Bernal
Hometown: Holland, Michigan
Windshield: Jay Guarneri (also serves as interior mechanic)
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Rear Tire Changer: Coleman Dollarhide
Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
Jackman: Sean Cotten
Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina
Rear Tire Carrier: Dwayne Moore
Hometown: Griffin, Georgia
Road Crew Members:  
Truck Driver: Todd Cable and Rocky Boggs
Hometowns: Shelby, North Carolina, and Burlington, North Carolina
Tire Specialist: Jeff Zarrella
Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Shock Specialist: Brian Holshouser
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Engineers: Johnny Klausmeier and Mike Cook
Hometowns: Perry Hall, Maryland, and Annapolis, Maryland
Mechanic: Shawn Warren
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
Mechanic: Andy Spenner
Hometown: Hoyleton, Illinois

 Chassis No. 838:
Regan Smith will pilot Chassis No. 838 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday’s Kobalt 400. It was previously a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut in April 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. She was running in the top-15 with the car in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway but cut a tire, crashed and finished 37th. Chassis 838 then raced in August at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 27th but finished a career-best sixth. It was last used in October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick qualified 29th and over the final 30 circuits moved from 23rd to record an impressive 16th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 838 has undergone updates and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notes of Interest:

  • The Kobalt 400 will mark Regan Smith’s 175th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his sixth at Las Vegas Motor
  • Smith has Sprint Cup career totals of one win, three top-five finishes and 11 top-10s.
  • The lone career win for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year was the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
  • Smith’s best finish at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval is 15th, which came in his most-recent start in March 2012. Additionally, he has an average starting position of 22.8, an average finish of 25.6, and has completed 85.7 percent of the laps he has contested (1,159 of 1,353).
  • In five career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, Smith has recorded two top-10 finishes with a best finish of seventh in March 2013.
  • Smith’s lone career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas came in September 2007, which resulted in a 12th-place finish.
  • Double Duty – In addition to his driving duties in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, Smith will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
  • Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at Las Vegas – In 15 overall starts at Las Vegas, SHR-prepared Chevrolets have earned one win (Tony Stewart in 2012), four top-five finishes and five top-10s, have been atop the leaderboard for 320 laps, and have completed 98 percent of the laps contested (3,960 of 4,041).

Regan Smith’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway Performance Profile:

Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2012 Kobalt Tools 400 28 15 Running, 267/267 0 $129,413
2011 Kobalt Tools 400 12 39 Engine, 77/267 0 $106,795
2010 Shelby American 28 21 Running, 267/267 0 $100,575
2009 Shelby 427 18 19 Running, 284/285 0 $95,125
2008 UAW-Dodge 400 28 34 Running, 264/267 0 $89,575

× Race length extended due to green-white-checkered finish.