Regan Smith Mid-Ohio Race Preview

DRIVER: Regan Smith / No. 7 Clean Coal Chevrolet
RACE: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 (90 laps / 203.22 miles)
TRACK: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Quotes | Regan Smith

“I’ve felt comfortable with our cars at the road races this year. I truly thought we had a car that could have won at Road America and Watkins Glen. Unfortunately the results don’t show it. We’ve had our share of bad luck, and there are some things we could’ve done better.

“Mid-Ohio is a very technical road course. It’s flat, and half the corners feel like they are off-cambered. You have some pretty big elevation changes to contend with. You’re cresting hills and dealing with blind spots. I’m going to have to work hard all week just to study the place, to learn and to remind myself of areas where I did things right and where I did things wrong. Last year the road courses were definitely places we could’ve gained more points and helped ourselves out in the championship.”

Notes | No. 7 Team

2014 ROAD COURSE FINALE: This weekend marks the Nationwide Series’ third of three road races on the 2014 schedule. In the previous two road races in 2014 (Road America and Watkins Glen International), Smith’s average start is 4.0, and his average running position at the half-way point is 4.5. Smith has four top-six starts in five career road course races.

MID-OHIO RECAP: Smith finished 15th in the NNS debut at Mid-Ohio in 2013. Starting sixth, Smith contended in the top five but fell victim to two spins during the wild 90-lap event.

ROAD COURSE WINNERS: Among its 19 victories, one of JR Motorsports’ wins did come on a road course. That winning effort came with Ron Fellows and the No. 5 team at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008.

CLEAN COAL PARTNERSHIP: Smith will carry the black and orange colors of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) on the No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend. ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal’s role in supplying the United States with affordable and reliable electricity. ACCCE’s will also be Smith’s primary sponsor at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 13. Learn more by visiting www.americaspower.org.

MEDIA INFORMATION
TV: ESPN (2:30 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (2:15 p.m. ET)
PRACTICE: 8/15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
FINAL PRACTICE: 8/15, 3-4:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING: 8/16, 9:40 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
GREEN FLAG: 8/16, 2:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS
1. Chase Elliott........................................................ 752
2. Regan Smith........................................................-12
3. Elliott Sadler ......................................................... -13
4. Ty Dillon................................................................... -13
5. Brian Scott ............................................................ -45
6. Trevor Bayne....................................................... -48
7. Brendan Gaughan ...................................... -151
8. Chris Buescher ................................................ -151
9. Ryan Reed......................................................... -182
10. James Buescher.......................................... -185


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