Mooresville, NC (July 8, 2003) Regan Smith has resigned as the driver of the unsponsored Bost Motorsports NASCAR Busch Series team to pursue other driving opportunities, as the team's future is uncertain at this time. The 19-year-old driver ...
Mooresville, NC (July 8, 2003) Regan Smith has resigned as the driver of the unsponsored Bost Motorsports NASCAR Busch Series team to pursue other driving opportunities, as the team's future is uncertain at this time. The 19-year-old driver has competed in 16 of the 18 Busch Series races this year in Bost's #22 Chevrolets. He moved into second place in the 2003 Raybestos Rookie Of The Year standings following last Friday night's Busch Series race at Daytona. Bost Motorsports had competed in all the Busch Series races this year using other drivers at Daytona in February and at Talladega before NASCAR approved Smith to run at those tracks.
"I had hoped to finish the year driving for Danny Bost while building a team that would be competitive in the Busch Series this year and in the future," said Regan Smith. "I want to thank Danny, George Church and all the guys at the shop that have been behind me to this point as we tried to compete against well financed teams while unsponsored."
Smith, who had one previous Busch Series start prior to this year, has been very impressive on the track despite the fact that the team's budget hasn't allowed him any pre-race testing. Regan has had to take on some of NASCAR's toughest tracks this year while seeing them for the first time. These have included Darlington where he finished 19th, Bristol where he qualified 20th, Texas with a 15th place finish, starting 14th at Nazareth, finishing 16th at Dover and then setting the fastest time in practice at Kentucky.
Regan Smith has been racing since he was four starting in go-karts. He has tasted success each step along the way. He was a regional champion at age six in 1989. He raced go-karts through 1998 winning numerous championships in the World Karting Association and ended his kart career driving for the factory team of Birel USA and Birel Italy with well-known team owner Enzo Chiovittii. In 1999 he moved to the Allison Legacy Series to start his stock car education and was both Rookie of the Year and National Champion. Then it was the Hooter's ProCup Series for 2000 and 2001, winning many poles and many Top Five finishes.
"I believe that I have showed that I can be a competitive Busch Series driver and have worked hard to gain trust and respect on the track," said Regan Smith. "Danny Bost has been kind enough to say that if he can secure proper funding he would be happy to have me back in his cars, which I very much appreciate. I'll be examining what driving opportunities may be available to me and would be eager to discuss such situations with interested parties."