Smith Charges To 17th in Music City Mooresville, NC (April 12, 2004) -- 20-year-old Regan Smith scored his strongest showing to date with the Mac Hill Motorsports team over the weekend at the Nashville Superspeedway. Smith was able to avoid ...
Smith Charges To 17th in Music City
Mooresville, NC (April 12, 2004) -- 20-year-old Regan Smith scored his strongest showing to date with the Mac Hill Motorsports team over the weekend at the Nashville Superspeedway. Smith was able to avoid trouble throughout the Pepsi 300 and drove home to a strong 17th place run.
On Friday, the team rolled their #56 Monte Carlo off the hauler and struggled with a slow 33rd during the first practice session. During qualifying, the car didn't prove to be any better with a 34th place effort.
"It started off bad. We were slow at first in practice. Then during qualifying we were slow. I hit the rev chip, otherwise we could have been better," Smith said of the early runs.
"In Happy Hour, we couldn't get a handle on the car. We pretty much changed everything for the race," he added.
During Happy Hour, the car made little improvement with a showing of 32nd on the speed chart. But with great team work and quick repairs, things turned around when the green flag dropped.
When the 300-mile event began, Smith quickly moved his #56 Chevrolet up to the 22nd position. He continued to stay strong on the track and with the others' misfortune, motored to an even higher finish.
One of the obstacles he and the Mac Hill gang avoided was that of tire troubles with the new Goodyear compounds mixing with the 1.33-mile concrete surface. Many teams were forced to pit under green for fresh rubber, but Smith held on and only pitted when it was absolutely necessary.
The New York native summed up the tire wear simply by saying it was "terrible."
"It was the same for everybody. All we could do was go out and make the best of it. Our car wasn't as good at the beginning of a run. The biggest problem with the tires wasn't that they were wearing out, it was that junk was getting on the track. If you got out of the groove, you were in trouble. After they would blow it off, it was a two groove race track again," he added.
The unsponsored Mac Hill Motorsports team will now take some time off before heading to the Gateway International Raceway on Saturday, May 8th. Smith, however, is also available for other driving opportunities.
For more information on Regan Smith, check out www.regansmith.com.