Regan Smith: “We’ve Got to Get Back to the Drawing Board”

Regan Smith: “We’ve Got to Get Back to the Drawing Board”

by July 25, 2015 0 comments

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — For the second XFINITY Dash 4 Cash round in a row, Regan Smith pocketed $100,000 after finishing Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the highest-finishing Dash 4 Cash competitor with a seventh-place finish.

While the driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet called the accomplishment of winning his second consecutive Dash 4 Cash prize as ‘great’, he acknowledged that JR Motorsports as an organization needs to start making improvements in their program moving forward.

Through 18 races, the three-car team has a mere two wins with Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick to their credit. Compared to this point of the season last year, the organization has clearly dropped off as the team had racked up seven victories through 18 races in 2014.

“I think we know, as a company, we’ve got to get to the drawing board and work double-time here over the next two to three months and the next two to three weeks even to get back where we need to be with our speed,” Smith said. “I know we’ve got a lot of great people that can do that. We’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to go to Bristol for a chance of another $100,000.

“We’re going to work hard, and that’s all you can ask for.”

When pointing out what specifically needs to improve within the organization, Smith said that the team is fine in the horsepower department with their Hendrick-powered engines, just that their chassis work needs to improve.

“We’ve got to get handling better – we’ve got to get the cars to grip better,” Smith said. “A good handling race car makes a motor look great. That’s part of our job in the shop and HMS does a really good job with our motors. We’ve got to get to work on the cars and keep improving.”

Despite the No. 7 team not sitting in victory lane at the conclusion of the day, Smith says that the team still accomplished two of its three goals for the weekend – win the weekend’s Dash 4 Cash prize and gain ground in the points standings on leader Chris Buescher.

“They’re definitely not wins, so the celebration is a little subdued because of that,” he said. “To be halfway to getting a million, that’s great. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then. It hasn’t been pretty getting to this point, but the important part is we’ve been grinding it out doing what we’ve had to do.

“We had three races today – the first, we tried to win the race and it was pretty obvious all weekend that that speed might not be there to do that so the next race was to win the $100,000 and beat the guys we had to to do that. The third race was to be ahead of the No. 60 car, so we did two of the three.”

Smith and the JR Motorsports stable now turn their attention towards next Saturday’s XFINITY race – the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Entering the next race, Smith currently sits fourth in the drivers standings – 51 points behind Buescher.


PHOTO CREDIT: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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