Smith Finishes 30th in Richmond.
Smith Finishes 30th in Richmond. Smith Finishes 30th in Richmond.

Smith Finishes 30th in Richmond.

May 1, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (May 1, 2010) -- Regan Smith finished 30th in Saturday night's Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

"I know it doesn't look like we're gaining, but we did make some gains this weekend," said Smith. "Yes, it's discouraging to finish 30th, but it's that old saying -- you have to take a few steps backwards before you can go forward. We'll take a few deep breaths and then get ready for Darlington next week."

Smith started 28th and basically ran between 26th and 32nd during the 400-lap race. At times Smith would produce quick lap times on the .75-mile oval, but then handling issues would set in and slow the performance of his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.

"We didn't have consistency," said crew chief Ryan Coniam. "But as Regan was saying afterwards, we're seeing improvement within the Furniture Row team and we look at that as a positive."

The disappointing part for Smith is that he likes short track racing, especially at Richmond. "Competing at a track you don't like or don't have a good feel for is one thing. But when you like a track as I do with Richmond, you want to go out there and run up front. The way we ran tonight was not enjoyable."

Smith remained 33rd in driver points and the team remained 32nd in owner points.

The race winner was Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.

The next cup race is Saturday night (May 8) at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.