Homestead: Regan Smith preview

Christmas Comes Early for Regan Smith at Homestead Mooresville, NC (November 17, 2004) -- It's been two years since he's competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but Regan Smith will attempt to end the dry spell this weekend at ...

Christmas Comes Early for Regan Smith at Homestead

Mooresville, NC (November 17, 2004) -- It's been two years since he's competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but Regan Smith will attempt to end the dry spell this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 21-year-old Smith has two career starts in the Truck Series, driving for MB Motorsports at South Boston and Phoenix in 2002. Smith, who has run a limited schedule the past two seasons in the NASCAR Busch Series, will be in the #06 BigShowFarms.com Chevrolet Silverado for MRD Motorsports and he's pretty pumped up about it.

"I love this series," exclaimed Smith. "The trucks have so much grip and are a blast to drive. I met Dave (Malcolmson, team owner) at Bristol earlier this year and realized we used to race against each other (in Legacy cars). We were able to put this together for Homestead and I think this is one of those deals that could surprise some people. They have new equipment, strong motors, and the same body guy that Shane Hmiel uses. I really appreciate the chance to climb into the BigShowFarms.com Chevy this weekend. It will be fun to race a truck again."

BigShowFarms.com is the website for John Boy and Billy Christmas trees. The trees are grown in North Carolina and Virginia with a portion of the sales going to support the Foundation for the Education of Children with Downs Syndrome. John Boy and Billy are hosts of The Big Show, an extremely popular radio show based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Team owner Dave Malcolmson is a successful Florida businessman who got seriously involved with racing in the mid-nineties and hasn't been able to get enough of it since. In addition to owning a truck team, he has also fielded cars in the Allison Legacy Series and the former Goody's Dash Series. A former racer himself, he knows first hand what the young Smith can do, so selecting him as the driver was an easy decision.

"The entire MRD Motorsports team is very happy to have Regan in the truck this weekend," Malcolmson said. "I've been talking to him off and on for some time now and when the opportunity to put him in the truck came up, I was glad to do it. He has the ability to win some races in this series.

"We're close to putting things together for next year, but we haven't finalized anything yet. Once the sponsorship is settled, a driver will be selected. At this point, this is a one-race deal, but we'll both go from here and just see what happens."

Smith seemingly has a knack for adjusting to a track quickly despite limited experience on its surface. He has only one career start at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which came in a Busch car in 2003. Producing a decent performance this weekend could kick-start his opportunities for 2005.

"I've been talking to a few teams, but nothing has been decided yet," said Smith. "I'm still hopeful a decision will be made in the next week or two, setting things into motion. It won't be long until (pre-season) testing starts and I'm already anxious to get started."

Smith has been sitting idly by for far too long to his liking. He's ready to strap in, get up on the wheel, and go racing -- be it in Busch, Truck, or ARCA.

"Running a part-time schedule for two years has been better than not racing at all, but I'm definitely ready for a stable ride. I'm confident I can do the job and do it well. I just need a legitimate shot."

Don't miss Regan and the #06 BigShowFarms.com Chevrolet in the Ford 200 on Friday, November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Catch all of the exciting action live on SPEED at 3 p.m. EST.

-www.regansmith.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Regan Smith