Smith, Furniture Row Racing Looking to Get Back on Main Road
September 9, 2009
Paint scheme for No. 78 Chevy in Richmond will showcase World Vision Humanitarian Organization
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 9, 2009) -- The short detour is almost over for Regan Smith, who is ready to get back in the main groove at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race -- Chevy Rock & Roll 400 -- at Richmond International Raceway.
Smith and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team failed to qualify in Atlanta last week, the first time in 13 races this season that the part-time, single-car team out of Denver, Colo. didn't make the big show.
"Call Atlanta a bump in the road," said the 25-year-old Smith. "We're ready to get back to what we're capable of doing. We've had some decent runs on short tracks this year and feel Richmond should be a good venue for us. Personally it's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I just like everything about the place."
In his two career Cup starts at the .75-mile Richmond track last year, Smith posted finishes of 21st and 23rd while driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Smith's car at Richmond will be the same Chevy that he drove at Phoenix in April and in New Hampshire in June. He qualified ninth in Phoenix and was running in the top-15 until a pit-road miscue late in the race knocked him to a 28th-place finish.
"We know what this car can do -- it's just a question of fine-tuning it for the Richmond track," noted Smith, who has never had a DNF (did not finish) in his 53 career Cup starts. "I know Jay (Guy, crew chief) and all of the folks in the shop are working hard putting these cars together. They're not only busy with our selected schedule this season, but also getting ready for our full-time schedule in 2010."
When Smith takes to the track on Friday at Richmond his No. 78 Chevy Impala SS will have a different look. The primary paint scheme will feature World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization based in Federal Way, Washington.
The entire space on the car is being donated to World Vision by the team's sponsor -- the Denver-based Furniture Row Companies, one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers with more than 330 stores in 31 states. The idea to donate the space came from Furniture Row owners Barney and Carolyn Visser, long-time World Vision supporters.
World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. More than 40,000 aid workers and volunteers comprise the international relief and development organization.
"Having World Vision on our car this weekend is another reason we want to do well," offered Smith. "When you consider all of the humanitarian deeds that World Vision does on a global level, it is truly an honor for me to drive a car blanketed with the World Vision colors."
So far in 2009, Smith's best two finishes were 12th in the Daytona July race and 15th in the April Talladega race.
"It would be really special to get Furniture Row Racing's first top-10 in the World Vision Chevy," stated Smith.