Regan Smith begins his first full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series behind the wheel of the No. 19 Xpress Motorsports Silverado as teammate to three-time NCTS champion, Jack Sprague. He will compete for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year...
Regan Smith begins his first full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series behind the wheel of the No. 19 Xpress Motorsports Silverado as teammate to three-time NCTS champion, Jack Sprague. He will compete for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title.
Smith has just three previous starts in the NCTS, his last at the 2004 season-ending Homestead race where he started 25th and finished an impressive ninth place. He also has 29 NASCAR Busch Series starts to his credit. His best finish in NASCAR Busch Series competition is a pair of 15th place finishes, one in 2003 at Texas Motor Speedway and in 2004 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Smith began racing quarter midgets at the age of four, moving to Go Karts where he won numerous World Karting Association national and international championships. He was the 1999 Allison Legacy Series national points champion as well as rookie of the year. Smith competed in the USAR ProCup Series full-time during the 2000-2001 season earning four pole awards including a record-setting three consecutive poles in 2001.
REGAN SMITH QUOTES:
ON EXPECTATIONS FOR 2005 SEASON: "I am really excited to have an opportunity to drive for a top-notch team. The fact that Xpress Motorsports has won two out of the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships gives me a great opportunity to learn from the best in the series. I know I will have tremendous equipment and a great crew so it puts it in my lap to perform. But I feel I am up to the challenge.
"Having Doug George as my crew chief and him being a former driver I think is really going to work to our advantage. Sometimes it is hard for a rookie driver to communicate in the right language with the crew chief. Doug being a former driver he will be able to help me explain what the truck is doing and what I am trying to tell him and should cut down our learning curve quite a bit.
"I feel like I won the lottery having Jack (Sprague) as my teammate. There isn't anything he doesn't know about how to successfully race in the NCTS. During testing he was very helpful in giving me tips and listening to my explanations of what the truck was doing and giving me pointers on what I can do as a driver to work through some of those things as well as give the right feedback to my crew chief and team. It will be a tremendous learning experience for me and I am really looking forward to getting to the track."
ON DAYTONA FINISH: Smith was involved in a multi-truck incident on lap 48 with damage too severe to return to competition. "We had an awesome truck. My No. 19 Silverado was so stout. We were able to run up front with the leaders without any problems. We drafted really well. We lost a lap on a yellow but weren't pushing too hard to get our lap back because you are pretty sure there are going to be more cautions and we should have been able to get back on the lead lap without any problems. There was a group of us that were in that lap down bunch but I am not sure exactly what happened but the track just got blocked with wrecking trucks and I had no where to go."
ON EXPECTATIONS FOR CALIFORNIA NCTS RACE: Smith has one previous California Speedway start in a NASCAR Busch Series car in 2003. He started 33rd and finished 36th as a result of mechanical problems.
"I am looking forward to shaking off Daytona and going to California this weekend. I haven't run the track before so I am going to have to depend on my teammate (Jack Sprague) to give me pointers on how to race a NASCAR Craftsman truck at this place. I ran a Busch car here once but those cars drive so differently than a truck, there isn't much to compare.
"We really want to have a good run in our Silverado. We need a sponsor for our Xpress Motorsports No. 19 team and are hoping that although the race didn't end as we wanted, we showed at Daytona we are a solid team capable of running up front. We want to do the same at Fontana with a really solid finish."