BUSCH: Nashville: Regan Smith preview

Lebanon, TN (April 6, 2004) -- Regan Smith's Bristol outing two weeks ago was his best showing to date with the Mac Hill Motorsports team. He avoided the late race melee and scored a strong 21st place showing. After sitting out the Texas event...

Lebanon, TN (April 6, 2004) -- Regan Smith's Bristol outing two weeks ago was his best showing to date with the Mac Hill Motorsports team. He avoided the late race melee and scored a strong 21st place showing.

After sitting out the Texas event due to the team's lack of sponsorship, Smith is ready to get back behind the wheel of his #56 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and steer his way to a solid finish.

The Jack McNelly-owned team continues to seach for full-time backing so events not considered local to the Charlotte, NC area can also be run. Until then, Smith is just like every other driver looking for a break, and does what he can to get to the track, including driving himself rather then flying in.

Optimistic that things will turn around, Smith heads to Nashville with confidence.

"It's a good, smooth track with a lot of grip. There is nothing you can complain about. The whole facility is pretty awesome. I'll go do what I do every weekend and hope things work out," Smith says of the Nashville Superspeedway.

Last season the then rookie driver made two starts on the 1.333-mile concrete track and scored his best finish of 29th in the June event. The finish was a struggle as both races for the New York native were plagued with engine gremlins.

Struggles aside, the good news is that the up and coming driver was able to tally laps and gain the always important experience.

"Experience-wise, it should be pretty good. I have more laps there then anywhere else."

The Pepsi 300 will be aired LIVE from the Nashville Superspeedway at 3 P.M. EST time on FX.

Nashville stats:

-Smith has two career starts at the Nashville Superspeedway. (4/12/2003 and 6/7/2003) His best finish was a 29th place showing after qualifying 24th last June.

Random Notes:

-Smith was recently invited by NASCAR to participate in an ARMY boot camp which was based around NASCAR's ARMY/marketing program. He was at camp (in South Carolina) the week between the Darlington and Bristol races.

"We did the real boot camp and it was pretty intense. It was a good experience. I have more respect for those people. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot before, but after going through that I have even more," Smith said.

For more information on Regan Smith check out regansmith.com.

-mhm/ab-

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