Regan Smith and Jeffrey Earnhardt are scheduled to race at Richmond International Raceway (.75-mile D-shaped oval) on Friday night driving the JR Motorsport's Camaros #7 and #5, respectively.
Regan Smith’s string of four consecutive top 10 finishes have placed him a mere two markers out of the Nationwide Series points lead. He has one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 5.7 in that time span, leading all Nationwide Series regulars in average finishing position and points earned.
“It will be a lot of fun to compete in the Short Track Showdown on Thursday night. Plus, getting extra laps around Richmond will only help us on Friday night. I want to thank JR Motorsports and Speedco for letting me borrow their No. 88 late model for the night. I’ve had to sit back and watch that race for the past couple years, and I’m thrilled to be competing in it this year.”
Jeffrey Earnhardt owns three starts at tracks one mile in length or less in Nationwide Series competition, with two coming at Bristol Motor Speedway and the other at Phoenix International Raceway. His best short track finish was a 20th place effort at Phoenix earlier this year.
Jeffrey Earnhardt “This whole experience has been awesome for me. Just to get the opportunity to drive for JR Motorsports, it’s pretty cool. I can’t thank Kelley and Dale Jr. enough for this chance. Hopefully I can go and represent them well and give the fans a good show.
The fan response has been overwhelming. I appreciate everyone’s support. My goal this year is to get as much seat time as I can to learn and become a better driver.
“I was really surprised when Dale Jr. called me about this. I’ve never really gone and asked for a ride. I want to make sure I earn what I get. Doing it the hard way makes me appreciate this opportunity even more. The past couple years have been tough. All the hard work and the struggles have helped me mature as a driver and a person.
We’re going to go out there, have fun and maybe open some more doors in the process.”