Joey Logano, Regan Smith and Chase Elliott say they gave all they had to fight their way to a top five finish in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
Last-minute sub for Kyle Larson finishes 16th at Martinsville Speedway Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Larson was hours away from Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon, staying in a Charlotte medical facility while Regan Smith filled in as an 11th-hour substitute in the No. 42 Chevrolet he usually drives. That doesn't mean he wasn't tuned in to how his Chip Ganassi Racing outfit was doing, leading to an entertaining back-and-forth over the team radio communications during pace laps. "We know you're listening, Kyle. We're going to get one for you." "He just texted me to say 'I'm listening.' " "We can't get away with anything." With their talented driver eavesdropping the day after he fainted at an autograph session, Smith wheeled Ganassi's No. 42 to a solid 16th-place finish in the STP 500 , rallying from a mid-race spin and a last-place starting spot. Ganassi officials contacted the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular on Saturday night, shortly after Larson was transported to a local hospital for tests, to inquire about his availability. When Smith awoke at 5:30 a.m. ET, he was already tapped for substitute detail. "I definitely appreciated them calling me in that situation," Smith said. "I hate it for Kyle -- he's a friend and a competitor, so you don't ever want to see that happen. I know it probably tore him up today." On such short notice, the makeshift accommodations -- Smith was fitted using CGR teammate Jamie McMurray 's seat as a model, and he borrowed a crew member uniform for his firesuit -- took some getting used to. He was forced to drop to the rear of the field from the seventh starting position that Larson earned in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying because of the driver change, making his battle an uphill one before the green flag ever unfurled. But Smith made progress, getting to the fringes of the top 10 until he spun after a nudge from Kurt Busch in the 286th of 500 laps during a traffic jam. "It was just a check-up, a chain-reaction deal and by the time it got back to me, I hit the car in front of me and whoever was behind me hit me even harder," Smith said. "It's typical Martinsville. We saw it happening all day. Sometimes it's such a big check-up that you can't do anything about it. It's just a racing deal." The contact dropped him from 17th to 27th, last on the lead lap, for the next restart, but Smith still found momentum that kept him on the leader's pace. "We just fought hard all day long, stayed on the lead lap. That was a big goal, starting where we did," Smith said. "It's tough sometimes to stay on that lead lap here. I thought the car was a little better than where we finished at the end. I got hung on the last restart on the outside and then couldn't get through some of the traffic as quick as I needed to. But nonetheless, good day for sitting at the house last night, thinking I wasn't going to be doing anything." In the span of the last 21 Sprint Cup races dating back to last August, Smith has subbed in for three teams -- the No. 14 and 41 cars from Stewart-Haas Racing and Sunday's ride in the No. 42. The effort wasn't lost on crew chief Chris Heroy, who applauded Smith's versatility in running a largely clean race at one of the sport's roughest tracks. "I was really impressed," Heroy said. "To jump in cold like that and be able to run solid in the top 15 is a real credit. We struggled from time to time with Kyle here, with Juan here, so it's a nice run for our program, and I can't say enough about what a great job he did." Heroy said he spoke to Larson on Sunday morning, saying that his evaluations were going well thus far. "He's in good spirits," Heroy said. "He's passing all his tests. He's an incredible student down there, so I'm going to go check on him right now and drive back to Charlotte." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
With new crew chief, JR Motorsports driver looks to defend 2014 Daytona win Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As last year's runner-up in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Regan Smith has only one possible spot to move up the pecking order in the season-long standings. He'll make that effort by working with new crew chief Jason Burdett, starting a communication process that is more personal than one might think. "We go to the movies, we go to dinner … no, I'm just messing with you," Smith said during a playful moment at last week's NASCAR Media Day. "We skip through the park together. In all seriousness, we've spent quite a bit of time together just at the shop." The imagery, which could've been plucked from an online dating commercial, doesn't quite capture the early semblances of team chemistry for the JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet group. But at the same time, Smith said the getting-to-know-you phase has been an important step in moving forward. "I think the season holds some change," Smith said. "New crew chief, some new guys coming in. We kept most of our team intact other than the crew chief position, so that's going to be a good thing. I think it holds a strong year and a solid year that needs to be stronger than last year was. That means only one position that we can go from where we were." The 31-year-old veteran's journey begins with Saturday's season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Daytona International Speedway, where Smith is the defending race winner. It marks his third year with JRM, which ran 1-2 in the final XFINITY standings last season, with rookie Chase Elliott hoisting the series title. The opening win wound up being the No. 7 team's only victory in 2014, prompting JR Motorsports to shuffle the crew chief order, replacing Ryan Pemberton with Burdett, who boasts a history of working on championship-level Sprint Cup Series teams. Though the NASCAR-mandated ban on testing has limited some of the time it takes for a team to become a more cohesive group, Smith said he has little concern about putting the pairing into action for the 33-race long haul. "Our relationship was good before he came to work there, but it's gotten better since he's come to JR Motorsports," Smith said. "The more I've been around him and seen how he acts with the guys, how he handles the guys, how the guys act with him -- it's gotten me more and more excited about getting down here and just getting everything started." Without testing, Smith has had plenty of off-track developments to keep him busy in the offseason. His wife, Megan, is expecting the couple's first child -- a boy -- any day now. For a man who finds comfort driving cars at rapid rate of speed, Smith described the couple's experience at a birthing class with one word -- "terrifying." "I walked out of there, and I'm not going to lie, I got a beer almost immediately," Smith said. "Outside of that, it was good." The other major life adventure of the offseason involved driving of a different sort, a nearly 1,600-mile road trip to Colorado for Thanksgiving with his team boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr. After forging through the night, rain and fog to help move a truck to Smith's Rocky Mountain home, it left Smith with a better appreciation for their relationship -- not to mention a better impersonation of Earnhardt's trademark North Carolina twang. "I feel like we know quite a bit about each other, just as friends," Smith said. "Yeah, he's a boss, but he's a friend, too. Fortunate to have that situation." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup on board as primary sponsor for two races Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge Regan Smith will have a new primary sponsor on board for two races, JR Motorsports announced on Tuesday. Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup will be the primary sponsor for Smith's No. 7 Chevrolet in two NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 23) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 18). "Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup is, like JR Motorsports, a family company," JRM co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said in a team release. "We share a lot of the same values and that makes for an ideal partnership in the XFINITY Series. We are proud to carry Anderson's colors in 2015 as Regan and the No. 7 team compete for the series title." In addition, Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup wil serve as an associate sponsor for five XFINITY Series races this season. Those races at Auto Club Speedway (March 21), Richmond International Raceway (April 24), Talladega Superspeedway (May 2), Road America (August 29) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 19). Smith finished second last season in the XFINITY Series standings to JR Motorsports teammmate Chase Elliott. Here's a look at Smith's paint scheme with Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Company has been longtime associate partner to JR Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Regan Smith will run a paint scheme in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200. (Saturday, March 14, 4 p.m. ET, FOX) featuring Axalta Coating Systems, JR Motorsports announced on Thursday. Axalta has been a longtime associate partner and the team's official paint supplier. "Axalta has been a valued part of our championship organization almost from the very beginning, and we are pleased to have Regan and the rest of the No. 7 team in Cromax colors at Phoenix," JR Motorsports co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said in a team release. The 2015 XFINITY Series season is Smith's third with JRM. He is currently 14th in the point standings through two races this season with a top-10 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. Smith has also been pulling double duty, subbing for the suspended Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
XFINITY Series regular has served as sub for first two Sprint Cup races of '15 Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Regan Smith will remain interim driver of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 41 Chevrolet this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in place of suspended driver Kurt Busch. Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) will mark the third straight race that Smith has filled in for Busch, who was suspended indefinitely Feb. 20 -- two days ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500. Smith finished 16th (Daytona) and 17th (Atlanta) in his two previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts for Stewart-Haas this season. According to the release provided by SHR, the team has not decided on an interim driver for the following weekend's race, March 15 at Phoenix International Speedway, or beyond. Busch was suspended after a Delaware family court ruled that a "preponderance of the evidence" indicated that Busch "committed an act of domestic violence" last September. Busch agreed last Friday to NASCAR's terms and conditions to pursue reinstatement. Smith has four career victories in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where he competes for championship points for JR Motorsports. The 31-year-old driver also has one Sprint Cup victory, bringing Furniture Row Racing its only win in 2011 at Darlington Raceway. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith has been named the fill-in driver for Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 entry in the DAYTONA 500.
Driver, team owner break the news on Twitter RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today If it ain't broken, don't fix it -- an adage that Regan Smith and Dale Earnhardt Jr . both live by. Dale Jr. took to Twitter to report that Smith and his Nationwide Series team, JR Motorsports, have a deal in place for 2015. Smith later confirmed the news on Twitter as well. @DaleJr @JRMotorsports can’t wait! Looking forward to 2015, and a strong finish to 2014! — Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) October 1, 2014 Smith has spent the past two seasons with JRM as the full-time driver of the team's No. 7 Chevrolet. The veteran was brought on full-time last season after running one race with the organization in 2012, a win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 31-year-old has been a title contender in his two seasons at JRM, finishing third in the 2013 Nationwide championship race behind Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr . This season, Smith trails only his JRM teammate, rookie Chase Elliott , in the standings. In 28 races this season, Smith has a win, which came in the season-opening race at Daytona, seven top-five finishes and 24 top-10 finishes. All four of his career Nationwide Series victories have come with the organization. Smith also has a Sprint Cup Series win to his credit, which came in 2011 at Darlington as the full-time driver in the sport's top series for Furniture Row Racing . He ran one Sprint Cup race this season, filling in for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen with a 37th-place finish. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Regan Smith states he and his team never lost focus to grab the win in the first race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season.