Engine Malfunction Halts Smith's Performance in Talladega
November 1, 2009
TALLADEGA, Ala. (Nov. 1, 2009) -- An engine failure resulted in Regan Smith taking a premature exit and a 39th-place finish in Sunday's AMP Energy 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Smith, who had top-15 finishes in the last two superspeedway races with Furniture Row Racing, was in position for another solid result at a restrictor-plate event. But past the midway point of the 188-lap scheduled race, Smith reported that his Chevy Impala SS was under power and could not get up to speed on the 2.66-mile oval.
Smith started to fall to the back of the field, and on Lap 99 he had no choice but to drive his car to the garage where it was determined that his engine did indeed malfunction.
"We had a strong run going and looking to put the Furniture Row team in position to make a late-race challenge," said Smith. "But then the engine started to miss and at that point I knew we were in big trouble. It's too bad because we have a strong superspeedway program and this was an opportunity to make a strong showing."
The Talladega race was the 17th Cup race of the season the Furniture Row team has entered, with Smith qualifying in 16. The Denver-based team will also enter the three remaining Cup races of the season -- at Texas (Nov. 8), Phoenix (Nov. 15) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 22).
"We continue to learn as we prepare to run a full 36-race schedule next year," added Smith. "Though we're a little frustrated now, we feel confident about this team's future."
The Talladega race, which saw another wild finish, was won by Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-five in order were Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.