Regan Smith To Sub For Biffle at Memphis Driver To Practice and Qualify No. 60 Charter Communications Ford CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2004) -- Busch Series driver Regan Smith has accepted the task of practicing and qualifying the No. 60 ...
Regan Smith To Sub For Biffle at Memphis
Driver To Practice and Qualify No. 60 Charter Communications Ford
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2004) -- Busch Series driver Regan Smith has accepted the task of practicing and qualifying the No. 60 Charter Communications Ford at Memphis Motorsports Park for the Sam's Town 250 on Oct. 23. Greg Biffle will be unable to attend Friday's activities at the .75-mile track because his NEXTEL Cup responsibilities require him to be in Martinsville preparing his No. 16 National Guard Ford for the Subway 500 on Oct. 24. Biffle will be on hand for Happy Hour and the race, but if scheduling conflicts arise due to weather, Smith will compete in the 250-lap event at Memphis.
Smith, a 20-year old driver originally from Cato, N.Y., has spent the last two seasons competing on a limited basis in the NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. Most recently he drove the No. 50 Holigan Racing entry that closed its doors, affording Smith the opportunity to drive for the winningest team in Busch Series history.
In addition, Smith has run a handful of Busch events in the No. 56 Mac Hill Motorsports car along with running an event in the No. 1 Yellow car where he scored his career best finish of 15th at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Earlier in the season at Nazareth, Smith participated in a similar substitution role for Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 car. Unlike the Memphis weekend where he will get a full practice session prior to qualifying the No. 60, Smith qualified the No. 38 on the outside pole for Nazareth after having just six laps of practice.
"Of course I'd like to be employed full-time right now, but I'm excited about the opportunity to help out Greg (Biffle) and the No. 60 Charter team," said Smith. "Roush Racing is a great organization and I'm looking forward to working with Brad (Parrott) and the team and helping them get the car qualified and setup for the Memphis race.
"Everyone knows that Roush Racing has good equipment and I'm anxious to get the opportunity to hopefully show everyone what I'm capable of doing. I almost wish it would rain on Saturday so I could run the race. Really though, I'm just happy to be able to help out and maybe this will open some doors for me in the future."
"We're excited to have Regan working with us at Memphis," said crew chief Brad Parrott. "He a great kid with tons of enthusiasm, and he's got what it takes to get it done. He did a phenomenal job qualifying the No. 38 car earlier in the year at Nazareth and that definitely got our attention. Once we found out Mike (McLaughlin) was going to drive the No. 25 the remainder of the year, Regan was our first choice for Memphis. I'm just glad he was available.
"Best thing about this deal is we don't have to change anything in the car because he and Greg are basically the same size. I think all we have to do is move the steering column up a little and that's it. I know he'll do a great job giving us feedback so we can get the car setup for Greg."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, two in the NASCAR Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle and two in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Edwards.