Following Final Race of Season -- Smith, Furniture Row Turn Focus to 2010
November 22, 2009
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2009) -- Regan Smith completed his first season with Furniture Row Racing, finishing 32nd in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ford 400 event at the 1.5-mile oval was the final Cup race of the season.
Smith, who qualified 16th, had handling issues throughout the 267-lap, 400-mile race.
"We experimented with some different setups, but could never seem to find the right balance for our Furniture Row Chevy," said Smith. "The big picture in the past three months was to acquire as much information as possible to get us ready for next year."
Smith and the Furniture Row team entered 20 of the 36 Cup races this season, qualifying in 18 of them. The team is returning to full-time Sprint Cup racing in 2010, beginning with the Daytona 500 season opener on Feb. 14.
"We're excited about next year and running in all the races," noted Smith. "Our first goal is to get into the top 35 in points after the fifth race, which will give us an automatic qualifying position. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but as I have said many times -- Furniture Row Racing is committed to providing the resources to be competitive in NASCAR's premiere series."
Smith, who lives in North Carolina, said he will spend time at the team's home base in Denver, Colo. during the off-season.
"I enjoy being with the guys and feel it's important to continue building a strong camaraderie," said the 26-year-old Smith. "I really feel that you're going to see the Furniture Row team make great advances in 2010. My job is not only to drive the No. 78 Chevrolet, but also to promote Furniture Row and all of our sponsors. I enjoy doing both and am very excited about the new season."
Sunday's race winner was Denny Hamlin. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson, out of the Hendrick Racing stable, captured a record fourth consecutive Sprint Cup season championship.