Tough Night for Regan Smith at Kentucky Speedway

Accident on lap 18 takes the Glynn Motorsports No. 58 Dodge Charger out of the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo

Mooresville, NC (June 20, 2005) - What started as a promising day ended with a wreck on lap 18, eliminating the No. 58 Glynn Motorsports Dodge and Regan Smith from the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo.

Regan Smith was quick in practice, posting fast time for most of the final practice session, and eventually ending up 8th on the board.

“We felt we had a legitimate shot at the pole, and we took it. Unfortunately, I overdrove it going into turn one, and that ended our pole chances,” said Smith, who was making his third appearance at Kentucky Speedway.

The Glynn Motorsports crew felt they had a chance at a much needed top ten finish going into the night. Unfortunately, it all ended on lap 18.

“We were just playing it conservative following Sterling (Marlin) when we came up to pass Tim Fedewa, who was dropping back. Going into turn one Brandon Miller got into the back of me and wrecked us hard,” said Smith who finished 41st in the event. “I feel bad for the guys. Everyone was pumped up and looking forward to the race. To go out that early hurt us, especially in the points. But there’s always next week.”

One of the highlights of the week was a visit on Friday by Regan Smith to the VA Hospital in Louisville, KY.

“It was very fulfilling to visit the veterans who have done so much for our Country,” said Smith. One of the veterans that Smith met was 104 year- old Robley Rex, the only living World War One veteran in Kentucky.

“To meet Mr. Rex was an inspiration,” said Smith. “He volunteers his time three days a week at the VA. He said he wasn’t a race fan, but I think we might have converted him by the end of the tour.”

In addition to Regan Smith, drivers Randy LaJoie, Ryan Hemphill, and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly toured the VA facility.

The next stop for the NASCAR Busch Series will be the SBC 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. Coverage for the event will be live on the FX Television Network beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.