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Regan Smith clips the wall at Dover
Regan Smith gets loose and hits the wall, bringing out a late-race caution at Dover International Speedway.
Regan Smith , wife welcome baby girl
While most of NASCAR was either watching or participating in the opening Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing driver Regan Smith was busy welcoming his daughter, Eliza Grace Smith , to the world. Smith tweeted a photo of the couple's new bundle of joy pictured with wife, Megan, saying, "The two most beautiful girls I've ever laid my eyes on. We welcomed Eliza Grace Smith to the world this afternoon." The two most beautiful girls I've ever laid my eyes on. We welcomed Eliza Grace Smith to the world this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/l9xqpxNeJH — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) September 18, 2016 Smith had shared an early photo from the couple's hospital room during Sunday's race, noting that the two still were cheering on the No. 7 -- being piloted by Ty Dillon -- while his wife was in labor. RELATED: T. Dillon subs for Regan Smith at Chicagoland Cheering on my @TBR_Racing @ToyState guys and @tydillon today, definitely a different view than I'm used to! pic.twitter.com/0d7yuK3vGG — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) September 18, 2016 This is the couple's second child together. The pair welcomed their son, Rheet Lee Smith , on Feb. 25, 2015.
Jimmie Johnson vs. Regan Smith : A Rivalry Is Born?
While I normally try to make every effort to watch every lap of every race (I knew I should have taken Kevin Harvick’s advice from that 2003 commercial ), I seem to have missed a crucial element to one narrative -- Jimmie Johnson 's apparent rivalry with Regan Smith , driver of the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. Despite Johnson successfully snapping a 24-race winless streak at Charlotte last week, fans of the six-time champ are calling for the 7's head on Twitter. Congrads to @JimmieJohnson Go get the #7 — Hunter Memphis (@N3GoodWrench) October 9, 2016 It's coming 7 !! @JimmieJohnson well done today boys awesome job @LowesRacing https://t.co/JMdVP703nr — david bayliss (@davidbayliss10) October 9, 2016 @JimmieJohnson @CLTMotorSpdwy congratulations Jimmie. Go get number 7 — Dennis Whitworth (@WhittyPics) October 9, 2016 So pumped for @JimmieJohnson ! You deserve this one, champ! Go get #7! — Hunter Smith (@HSR30) October 9, 2016 Go get that 7. @JimmieJohnson — Matt Inman® (@yellaboy2013) October 9, 2016 @JimmieJohnson Congratulations JJ on winning and advancing. Time to get #7 — TheVoiceOfReason (@TBLFANnFL) October 9, 2016 While Johnson hasn’t yet taken any action or retaliation toward Smith , fans seem to consider it a matter of when -- not if -- Jimmie gets No. 7. Their question is simple: What's holding him back? Is it the pit crew? A grand conspiracy? @JimmieJohnson Jimmie - you can get number 7 - there is no doubt in your talent and abilities _ your crew just needs to avoid mistakes — Frances (@Jakesmom2809) October 2, 2016 @JimmieJohnson Man they just don't want you to get 7. Smdh. Conspiracy. — Chris Day (@02Z51vette) October 2, 2016 It's unclear what sparked the rivalry with Smith , whose No. 7 Chevrolet isn't battling Johnson in this year’s Chase, but Johnson's fans make it clear that something is coming -- perhaps even this year. @LowesRacing @JimmieJohnson @NHM we hunting 7 now in 2016 — James (@James89174965) September 22, 2016
Regan Smith breaks down NASCAR's new format enhancements
NASCAR.com's driver/analyst Regan Smith breaks down the highlights from NASCAR's new format enhancements to it's top three national series.
Regan Smith reacts to new 2017 guidelines
Regan Smith , driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet, offers his opinion and analysis on NASCAR’s news participating guidelines for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.
Ty Dillon subs for Regan Smith at Chicagoland
With Regan Smith still in North Carolina due to the impending birth of his second child, Ty Dillon will pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the team announced Sunday morning. Dillon has practiced all weekend in the No. 7 as Smith flew back to North Carolina to be with wife Megan. NEWS: @tydillon will drive the No.7 @NikkoRC / @TMNTMaster Raphael Chevrolet in today's #TMNT400 . #TeamTurtle — Tommy Baldwin Racing (@TBR_Racing) September 18, 2016 Smith has made all 26 starts in the No. 7 so far this year with two top-10 finishes. Dillon has made eight starts this season in the Sprint Cup Series and served as a relief driver for Tony Stewart at Talladega in the spring. Dillon is currently a regular in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and will participate in that series' seven-race XFINITY Series Chase, which begins next weekend at Kentucky Speedway . Smith has taken to Twitter the past few days to keep fans updated on his status. Here are his latest posts: No baby yet, still a waiting game and as anybody with kids knows this process is completely unpredictable. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) September 17, 2016 And a big thanks to @tydillon for being able to step in and help out last second. I'll keep all updated. — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) September 16, 2016
Regan Smith still has no regrets over late-race bump
RELATED: See how Smith won at Mid-Ohio ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Regan Smith used a bit of bumper two weeks ago to become NASCAR's most recent road-course winner, shoving road-racing veteran Alex Tagliani in the last lap at Mid-Ohio to take his first XFINITY Series victory of the year. With the final road-course race of the season looming at Road America , Smith said he doesn't have regrets about the late-race contact, which left Tagliani steaming with cross post-race words. "I think if you're in that same situation, you've got to do what you can do to go for wins," Smith said before opening XFINITY practice Friday at the 4.048-mile circuit. "I guess in that circumstance in that situation, I didn't wreck him, just had a little bumper tag there and we came out as the beneficiary of it. I have not spoken to Alex and didn't really figure he'd be in the mood right after the race to talk at all, so I think possibly down the road, we will. He's somebody that I've raced with a few times now and enjoy racing with him. I think he would understand the scenario of going for wins and doing what we've got to do there. "It's a fine line. There's wrecking a guy and there's moving him and getting the position. We see the moving all the time. It's not anything new. It's been done in our sport for a thousand times and a thousand more times in the future, I'm sure. The feedback I got from drivers, crew members, you name it, they thought it was a good move and they thought it was fine. I didn't really hear too much negative about it." Smith's victory helped bolster the JR Motorsports driver's case for a series championship. Though he ranks fourth -- 51 points behind series leader Chris Buescher -- he noted that plenty can change with 11 races remaining on the calendar. "I think we're still in it," Smith said. "We're racing like we're still in it, and the mindset is to go out and do everything we can to lead laps and win races. And if you're doing that, you close up on points even quicker than you can imagine." While the title fight for this season has ramped up, Smith has also kept a focus on making his 2016 plans final. His recent remarks about his potential free-agent status have sparked interest into what next season might hold, plus in which series he'll be competing. Smith reiterated his goal of returning to the Sprint Cup Series, where he's performed admirably in fill-in roles the last two seasons -- including three races this year in place of the suspended Kurt Busch and one race after Kyle Larson 's fainting spell on the eve of the first Martinsville race of 2015. "Working hard every day to figure out 2016," Smith said. "I think I've been clear for the better part of two and a half years now that I want to get back to Sprint Cup and do that at some point, so I'm fortunate to be in fast race race cars at JR Motorsports right now and have an amazing opportunity here and definitely don't take that for granted. At the same time, I want to give myself that opportunity to get back to the other series. As soon as all that stuff plays out and I have answers, then I'll given them as soon as I can."
Regan Smith's Darlington look honors past champion
RELATED: Buy Darlington tickets " '16 throwback schemes " SHOP: Smith gear Regan Smith and Tommy Baldwin Racing have unveiled the throwback paint scheme that Smith's No. 7 Road Rippers/Toy State Chevrolet will sport at Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend. The paint scheme is a tribute to 1992 premier series champion Alan Kulwicki, who passed away in an airplane crash in 1993. From 1987 until his passing, Kulwicki drove the No. 7, earning all five of his wins with that number. In a team release Smith said of honoring Kulwicki with the paint scheme, "It is a neat deal for me, I grew up watching him, Davey (Allison) and Bill (Elliott) battle it out for the '92 championship. I am really looking forward to getting the No. 7 Road Rippers/Toy State Chevrolet on track Labor Day weekend." The Bojangles' Southern 500 is set for Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. ET (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Review and preview: Regan Smith
A 2015 rewind and a 2016 preview for the top five finishers last season in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Today: Regan Smith , the fourth-place finisher in the XFINITY Series standings. Team: JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet (in 2015), plans unknown for 2016 Wins: 2 (Mid-Ohio and Dover) Strides: High expectations accompanied the 2015 season for the 2014 championship runner-up. Smith answered with a pair of wins and 13 consecutive top-10 efforts to close out the season in yet another legitimate run toward the XFINITY Series title. But a rough start put him in catch-up mode right off the bat. While he came up short, Smith again proved himself an elite-level competitor on the verge of hoisting a championship trophy. Setbacks: Finishing just shy of the title despite an impressive season -- only four times in 33 races did he finish worse than 13th place -- would normally be considered a good year. Team changes at JRM, however, have left the proven veteran and former series runner-up still looking for a 2016 ride. Quoteworthy: "You never know 'til it's all said and done and everything's pieced together. I would think it will be a sad day in the sport when guys running up front and consistently winning races, pretty sad if they don't have a ride the next year -- especially at my age. I'm just coming into my prime and feel like someone could capitalize on me learning what I've needed to learn over the years. Obviously nothing is a lock until it's said and done, but we're working hard to solidify that." What's next: This is the million-dollar question for the talented 32-year-old. Smith has proven himself a winner in both the Cup and XFINITY ranks but is still looking for the right opportunity for 2016.
Regan Smith to drive No. 88 JRM Chevrolet at Bristol
JR Motorsports and Dale's Pale Ale have extended their sponsorship arrangement according to the NASCAR XFINITY Series organization, a move that will include primary branding of the group's No. 88 entry for three races in 2016-2017. Terms of the multi-year agreement were not announced. Regan Smith , who competed for JRM full-time from 2013-2015 and currently wheels the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing ride in the Sprint Cup Series, will return to the JRM organization for the Aug. 19 XFINITY event at Bristol Motor Speedway , the first of three races when the No. 88 entry will feature Dale's Pale Ale as primary sponsor. Officials have not announced the two remaining events, or the driver or drivers, in which Dale's Pale Ale will be featured. The craft beer, a product of Oskar Blues Brewery, served as primary sponsor for one event with JRM last season. Dale's Pale Ale will also serve as an associate sponsor on the JRM No. 1 entry driver by Elliott Sadler for the remainder of the 2016 season. Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JRM general manager, said the partnership with the craft brewery has been "fun and rewarding." "For us, there is nothing more fulfilling than renewing partners," Earnhardt Miller said. "Dale's Pale Ale has seen the value in sharing its product, and the craft beer revolution, with our many fans. We're looking forward to building on that, both on and off the track." "We had a hell of a good time racing with JR Motorsports in 2015 and connecting with NASCAR fans over red, white and blue cans of Dale's Pale Ale," said Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues. "We like to buck convention and do things our way. We see a similar hard-working, hands-on, American-made attitude in JR Motorsports and NASCAR fans and we're proud to be a multi-year sponsor of the iconic No. 88 Chevrolet." JRM fields three full-time entries in the XFINITY Series -- the No. 1 of Sadler, the No. 7 with driver Justin Allgaier and the No. 88, which will feature several drivers sharing seat time throughout the season.