Top 10 at Homestead No Surprise for Smith
Homestead, FL (November 22, 2004) -- Talk about an impressive debut. Regan Smith climbed behind the #06 BigShowFarms.com Chevrolet Silverado for MRD Motorsports and delivered a 9th place finish last Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was his first race with the team and only his third Craftsman Truck race ever.
"We never really got the truck like we wanted it," said the 21-year-old New York native. "It needed more downforce on the nose and near the end of the race, the truck wouldn't go down the straight-aways. All in all, it was a good day. There were a lot of good trucks out there and this is a tough series. We got a top 10 in our first race out, so everyone was pleased with the outcome."
Not only did Smith claim his first top ten in a truck, he also gave MRD Motorsports its first as well. The team ran two races in 2003 and closed out the 2004 season with 7 races in the books.
Smith's talent shown through immediately upon sliding into the #06. After running 10th in practice, the team was out to lunch during their qualifying run. The problem revolved around tire selection.
"We got some bad information and didn't know we could run scuffs," said Smith. "We had stickers on and it hurt us. We slowed down six-tenths and wound up 25th. We would've easily had a top ten spot."
Their speed returned in Happy Hour where they were 11th quickest. At that point, the Chevy truck was a little too loose, but Smith knew he had a good truck for the next day's race.
Smith patiently worked his way through the field during the first half of the race, running 13th at the crossed flags. He continued to pick off positions one by one over the remaining 67 laps, speeding under the checkered flag in 9th place despite experiencing some problems with horsepower.
"I don't know if it was the wrong gear or the motor was laying down, but it just wasn't as strong as it had been," said Smith. "Overall, it was a good weekend for MRD Motorsports. I'm looking forward to running in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series again. I don't have anything set for 2005, so this was an important race for me personally. I'm ready for just about anything."
Smith surely opened some eyes this weekend with his debut performance with a new team. Needless to say, whoever hires him will quickly prove to be a genius when it comes to spotting the next racing hotshot.