Regan Smith VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Race Preview

DRIVER: Regan Smith / No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet

RACE: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Quotes | Regan Smith

“Kentucky is our last non-companion race, so naturally it’s going to be a big opportunity for everybody to go out there and either gain a bunch of points or lose them. It’s so tough without somebody having a problem to make points up the way the structure is, and the way the races play out in the Nationwide Series. If you’re making up three or four points a week, that’s been a good day. And that’s the way you have to look at it.

“I would say there is probably four or five of us that still have a shot at it. Realistically, maybe a couple of those guys need some bad luck from cars ahead of them. If somebody rolls off three or four wins in a row, those bonus points are huge and you’re going to jump right back up into it pretty quickly.”

Notes | No. 7 Team

TITLE CONTENDERS: JR Motorsports teammates Regan Smith and Chase Elliott are the only two NNS drivers to have earned five-consecutive top-10 finishes over the past five races. Elliott’s average finish in that span is 4.8 compared to Smith’s average of 5.4.

KENTUCKY POLE: Smith earned his only NASCAR pole in 2007 at Kentucky Speedway during NNS competition.

NIGHT RACES: Through the course of 10 night races in 2014, Smith holds two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in those events. His average finish is 9.2 with 49 laps led.

CHASSIS UPDATE: Smith will drive chassis No. 782 this weekend at Kentucky. Smith piloted this chassis to one top-five (Bristol II) and three top-10 finishes (Bristol II, Iowa II and Loudon).

JRM ON 1.5-MILE TRACKS: In 22 combined starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, JR Motorsports cars have posted five wins, 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, in addition to two pole awards. One of the team’s entries has won the series’ last four races on 1.5-mile tracks.

MEDIA INFORMATION
TV: ESPNEWS (7 p.m. ET)
RADIO: PRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (7 p.m. ET)
PRACTICE: 9/19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET
FINAL PRACTICE: 9/19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
QUALIFYING: 9/20, 4:10 p.m. ET
GREEN FLAG: 9/20, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNEWS)

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS
1. Chase Elliott........................................................ 951
2. Regan Smith........................................................-18
3. Ty Dillon................................................................... -40
4. Elliott Sadler ......................................................... -51
5. Brian Scott ............................................................ -56
6. Trevor Bayne....................................................... -80
7. Chris Buescher ................................................ -171
8. Brendan Gaughan ...................................... -200
9. Ryan Reed......................................................... -245
10. James Buescher.......................................... -254


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