Smith Feeling Good After Texas Sprint Cup Weekend
November 8, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 8, 2009) -- Right now for the Furniture Row Racing team it's not about the finish, it's about the performance of the team's Chevy Impala SS and how it responds to different setup changes.
Smith said he was pleased with the weekend even though he posted a 32nd-place result in Sunday's Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The operative word being "weekend".
"We're in a test mode for next year," said Smith. "Every lap we take -- whether it be during the three practice sessions or the race itself -- gives us valuable information for the future. That's our game plan at present and it is working. I feel good about what we accomplished in Texas and I believe our crew chief Jay Guy will concur."
"Affirmative," said Guy when asked if he had similar feelings as Smith about the Texas weekend. "This was a pretty good three days for us -- the information we gathered is positive as we continue to build a strong foundation for 2010. We all feel upbeat. I know that's odd to say after finishing 32nd, but we're on a different mission in these closing races."
"We know we were better than 32nd today," added Guy. "The long green flag runs didn't play in our favor, but that's okay -- we collected some great data."
For Smith, Guy and the entire Denver, Colo.-based Sprint Cup team, the testing continues. The team will be at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. Monday in preparation for Sunday's (Nov. 15) race at Phoenix International Raceway. The season finale will be the following Sunday (Nov. 22) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"As I keep on saying, we are deeply committed and that makes every member of this team proud to be associated with Furniture Row Racing," said Smith.
Sunday's race winner was Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick.