USAR: Regan Smith off-season news and CTS test

Regan Smith Staying Busy during Off-Season Rising Star Tests NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Famed South Carolina Track MOORESVILLE, N.C., (December 11, 2001) - The 2001 race season may have come to a close, but for one driver things remain at a...

Regan Smith Staying Busy during Off-Season
Rising Star Tests NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Famed South Carolina Track

MOORESVILLE, N.C., (December 11, 2001) - The 2001 race season may have come to a close, but for one driver things remain at a steady pace. Eighteen-year-old Regan Smith recently completed a test in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. For Smith, the test marked his first time behind the wheel of a NASCAR truck.

"I was very pleased with the test last Friday at Greenvile-Pickens," Smith said. "We were able to run a lot of laps and I gained a lot of seat time with the radial tires. It was also helpful to have veteran NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief Richard Broome with us for the test. With his knowledge and expertise, he was able to add a lot to our test."

Broome also considered the test a success. "I was really impressed to see Regan's ability to communicate effectively back to the crew what he was feeling on the racetrack with the truck," Broome said. "He was able to tell the differences that we made to the truck. He's definitely an up and coming driver to keep your eyes on."

For Smith, he hopes the test marks the first of many times behind the wheel of a NASCAR truck. "We are still working on our plans for next year, but we know for sure that we are going to run at least five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races," Smith added. "If everything comes together, we have the opportunity to run the entire truck schedule."

In other news, Smith will again collaborate with Speedway Children's Charities for a fundraising event with a local Charlotte, N.C. radio station. Charlotte listeners can tune in to country radio station WSOC 103.7 FM this Friday, Dec. 14, between 9-10:00 a.m., to hear Smith help local radio personality Jeff Roper of "The Jeff Roper Morning Show" host a "seat-a-thon" at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"I am very honored to once again help out Speedway Children's Charities," Smith said. "I have gotten to know Gen. Sadler and everyone involved in the non-profit organization and recognize the impact that they have on the lives of children."

Roper will attempt to sit in 103,700 seats at Lowe's Motor Speedway from Dec. 13-19 with a goal of raising $103,700 for Speedway Children's Charities. To make a donation, listeners can call (704) 455-4396 or 1-888-SCC-1450 toll-free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Donations can also be made through the Internet at www.speedwaycharities.org. Credit cards will be accepted with VISA being the preferred payment card.

Smith will "seat-hop" with Roper from 9-10:00 a.m. EST this Friday. The mission of Speedway Children's Charities is to award funds to non-profit organizations providing direct services to children in need of medical, educational or social services.

To learn more about Regan Smith, visit his website at www.regansmith.com.

-USAR-

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