Smith Battles Adversity in New Hampshire
June 27, 2010
LOUDON, N.H. (June 27, 2010) -- Furniture Row Racing driver Regan Smith battled adversity throughout Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finishing 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Starting 18th, Smith encountered early trouble when his No. 78 Chevrolet suffered a broken right-front wheel following the first pit stop on Lap 40 of 301.
"We could barely keep up with speed and were never able to recover because of the broken right-front wheel," said Smith, who was driving with a custom-fitted splint for a fractured left wrist. "The car had a bad vibration and we did our best to fight back. We needed more cautions to make adjustments to the car. But it was pretty much a caution-free race until the end. I think we went approximately 200 laps from the first to second caution."
If a broken wheel and fractured wrist weren't enough to contend with for the 26-year-old Smith, the Furniture Row Chevrolet suffered a broken transmission late in the race as it limped to the finish line at the 1.058-mile oval.
"When things go bad you just gut it out and try to get the most out of what you have," said crew chief Pete Rondeau. "And that's exactly what Regan did. He hung in there and gave us a valiant effort under tough conditions. We'll be back on the track in a few days and look forward to showcasing our superspeedway potential in Daytona on Saturday night."
The race winner was Jimmie Johnson. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick.
The next Cup race is Saturday night (July 3) -- the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.