USAR: Regan Smith Myrtle Beach race report

Myrtle Beach Not Kind to Smith USAR ProCup Series Driver Regan Smith Sees String of Circumstances End His Night Early MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 15, 2001) - They say "that which doesn't break you, makes you stronger." If so, then USAR ProCup...

Myrtle Beach Not Kind to Smith

USAR ProCup Series Driver Regan Smith Sees String of Circumstances End His Night Early

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 15, 2001) - They say "that which doesn't break you, makes you stronger." If so, then USAR ProCup Series driver Regan Smith is set to enter a Tough Man Contest.

After qualifying the No. 28 Lucas Oil/ Diamond Cut Jeans Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the 23rd position for this past weekend's USAR ProCup Series event at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Smith was optimistic that his night would end with a strong finish.

"While we struggled in qualifying, I felt like we would have a good car for the race," Smith said. "Our night, however, didn't turn out quite like I wanted."

When the green flag waved, Smith was fighting a loose condition and came to the attention of his pit crew during an early caution period. Once back on the track, Smith began to make his move back through the field. Smith, however, would continue to fight with the handling of his No. 28 Lucas Oil/ Diamond Cut Jeans machine and lost the lead lap during the middle stages of the 250-lap race.

With the laps winding down, Smith began to search around to find a comfortable groove to run on the track, and discovered the "Harry Gant Line" on the topside of the speedway. By lap 163, Smith had worked his way back up to being the first car one lap down. Just when it seemed Smith's night was beginning to turn around, he radioed his crew on lap 214 that he had a tire going down. Once his crew changed the flat left rear tire, Smith was mired back in traffic that would prove costly to his bid for a solid finish.

On lap 230, the No. 57 machine of Joe Harrison, Jr. spun in turn two and Smith had no where to go, and the two made contact, causing damage to Smith's right front that would end his night early. Smith was credited with a 31st-place finish.

"It was just one of those nights," Smith said. "I want to thank Lucas Oil and Diamond Cut Jeans for all their continued support and hopefully we'll put them in victory lane before the season's over. We'll regroup and get ready for Concord."

Smith and his USAR competitors get a weekend off before heading back into action Oct. 27 at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, N.C.

Smith's endorsement agreement with Diamond Cut Jeans is helping to place the 18-year-old in elite company within the racing industry. Smith joins NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Ricky Craven, Ron Hornaday and Mike Skinner, along with FOX television commentator and former NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief Jeff Hammond and NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA Series driver Kerry Earnhardt as a spokesperson for the Texas-based company.

"I am very honored to be included with these drivers and I look forward to helping Diamond Cut Jeans promote their product line of men's, women's and children's jeans to auto racing's loyal fan base," Smith said.

- www.regansmith.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Craven , Regan Smith , Harry Gant