Bad Draw Shoves Smith to 32nd Starting Spot in Charlotte
May 28, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 27, 2010) -- The qualifying draw didn't play into Regan Smith's favor during Thursday night's time trials at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A fairly early draw when track temperatures were at their hottest hindered Smith's lap-time performance as he qualified 32nd for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
Smith's Furniture Row Chevy was 12th fastest in practice, and it even improved three tenths of a second in the time trials. But when the track temperatures cooled down for the later-draw cars, Smith's qualifying position kept slipping on the leader board.
"Not long after we qualified the track temps dropped nearly 20 degrees," said Smith, whose draw was 16th out of 47 cars. "We were pleased with our practice and felt we had a good shot at a decent starting spot for Sunday's race. But this is the longest race of the year and we'll have plenty of time to move forward. We have two practices on Saturday to get our Furniture Row Chevy dialed in."
Smith covered the 1.5-mile oval in 29.371 seconds at 183.855 miles per hour.
The pole winner was Ryan Newman (187.546 mph). Rounding out the top-five in order were: Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson.
Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 will be televised on FOX, beginning with a 60-minute prerace show at 3 p.m. MT.