Smith Posts Career-Best Finish in Nashville Busch Race LEBANON, Tenn. (April 7, 2007) -- Regan Smith tenaciously fought back from an early problem to post a fifth-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville ...
Smith Posts Career-Best Finish in Nashville Busch Race
LEBANON, Tenn. (April 7, 2007) -- Regan Smith tenaciously fought back from an early problem to post a fifth-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
The result was a career-best finish for Smith in the Busch Series, shattering his previous best of ninth, which he recorded at California Speedway in February.
The finish also vaulted Smith from 19th to 10th in the driver point standings.
"We've been knocking at the door all year for a top-five finish and finally got it," said Smith. "I am so happy to get this result for the guys because I felt I muffed a fifth-place finish for them in Mexico."
Starting 16th in the No. 4 Ginn Resorts Chevrolet, Smith patiently drove to the front. He was running in ninth place when he came in for his pit stop on Lap 62 of 225.
"The car was fast, the pit stop was fast and we were in good shape -- until I stepped on the gas to leave our pit box," said Smith.
When Smith hit the throttle to get back on track, the No. 4 Chevy stalled. It took a few cranks to get it fired, but it stalled again at the end of pit road.
"I thought this was it -- another good run going by the wayside," explained the 23-year-old Smith. "I kept on cranking the engine and it finally fired. We were fortunate that we only lost one lap instead of two."
The incident sent Smith back to 28th place.
"I'm not 100 percent sure what happened, but it appears we had an air pocket in the fuel line and that will cause the engine to stall," offered crew chief Doug Randolph. "We didn't get flustered and made a pretty good comeback. Regan did a great job of driving and the pit crew had another excellent day."
When the caution flew on Lap 127 Smith got the free pass, putting him back on the lead lap. He moved into 10th place on Lap 170 and 18 laps later he was in fifth.
"It was just fun out there today except for that hiccup with the fuel line," said Smith. "We had an awesome car and it was a blast to pass all those cars. This has been a good team all year and it was nice to get a finish that was deserving of our performance."
The next Busch race for the No. 4 Ginn Resorts team will be Saturday (April 14) at Texas Motor Speedway.