Car Better Than Where it Qualified Says Smith
Car Better Than Where it Qualified Says Smith Car Better Than Where it Qualified Says Smith

Car Better Than Where it Qualified Says Smith

October 14, 2010




CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2010) -- Regan Smith fell short in his qualifying lap Thursday evening, and as a result will start 32nd in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After a solid practice session earlier in the day, Smith said he didn't anticipate how much grip the track had during his qualifying lap. His time and speed on the 1.5-mile oval was 28.588 seconds at 188.890 miles per hour.

"We have a good race car and it's too bad that the Furniture Row Chevy is starting at the rear of the field," said Smith. "This is a 500-mile race and there's plenty of time to get to the front. The way our car handled in race trim during today's practice I am excited about Saturday night and feel that we can bring home another strong finish."

The pole winner was Jeff Gordon (191.544 mph). Rounding out the top-five in order were: Carl Edwards, AJ Allmendinger, Mark Martin and Paul Menard.

Saturday night's race will be televised on ABC, beginning with a 30-minute prerace show at 5 p.m. MT.

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