Regan Smith
American stock car racing driver
Regan Smith
Regan Smith is an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he currently drives the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing.
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Chris Buescher emerges in the fog at Pocono for 1st career Cup win
ABC News - 7 months
LONG POND, Pa. -- Chris Buescher emerged from the fog and foul weather to become a stunning winner in Monday's shortened Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Buescher, who drives for underfunded Front Row Motorsports and hadn't finished better than 14th all season, was the beneficiary on a rare Monday race postponed a day by rain. NASCAR called the red flag with 22 laps left and parked the cars on pit road. Buescher could only sit and wait in the No. 34 Ford, though NASCAR let drivers get out of their cars after about 10 minutes as they waited out the gloomy conditions. "I'm a little scared to get out," Buescher said. No need. He was declared the winner after about an 80-minute delay. He was doused with beer and water in a makeshift Victory Lane celebration inside a garage stall. Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. Jeff Gordon finished 28th driving. ...
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Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race
Fox News - almost 2 years
Martinsville, VA ( - Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.
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Smith preps for Daytona 500 as replacement driver for Busch
Fox News - about 2 years
Daytona Beach, FL ( - Regan Smith spent Saturday morning preparing for the Daytona 500 as substitute driver for Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
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Greg Best and Regan Smith are leaving Holeman and Finch
ajc - over 3 years
Greg Best at H&F Atlanta Magazine reports that Greg Best and Regan Smith are leaving Holeman and Finch Public House . By all accounts, Best, Smith, and partners Gina and Linton Hopkins and Andy Minchow (who left H&F last year), were the team most responsible for helping to spawn Atlanta’s creative cocktail culture. Holeman and Finch opened in 2008, and after five years, Best and Smith are apparently ready for a new project. Best’s last night tending bar at H&F will be Saturday, September 7. 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, 404-948-1175, We wonder, will H&F be the same without Best and Smith? What about Best’s other projects, like Feed Radio, with Hopkins? — Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More.
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Regan Smith not giving up title bid
Fox News - over 3 years
With the 2013 Nationwide Series campaign entering its...
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Quick Hits
ABQ Journal - over 3 years
Fowles paces Sky past Liberty  ROSEMONT, Ill. " Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 13 rebounds to power the East-leading Chicago Sky to an 80-69 WNBA victory Saturday over the New York Liberty. The Sky has won five in a row. Fowles has seven double-doubles.  SILVER STARS 60, SUN 52: In San Antonio, Texas, Danielle Adams had 20 points and Jayne Appel had 18 rebounds as the Silver Stars ended a four-game skid with a victory over Connecticut. San Antonio held the Sun to 29 percent shooting.  SPARKS 65, STORM 64: In Seattle, Alana Beard hit a jumper with 10.2 seconds left to give Los Angeles the win. Nneka Ogwumike tied a season high with 24 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Sparks, who have won eight straight over Seattle dating to 2011.  USC swimmers make a splash  BARCELONA, Spain " The opening day of the swimming world championships could have doubled for a Trojan Swim Club meet.  American swimmer Haley Anderson, a recent graduate of the University of Southern Californi ...
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Smith holds off Larson to win Nationwide race
Yahoo News - over 3 years
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.
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David Ragan soaks in unlikely victory at Talladega - USA Today - USA TODAY
Google News - almost 4 years David Ragan soaks in unlikely victory at Talladega - USA Today USA TODAY Talladega, Ala. -- The plaudits were pouring in Sunday night on Twitter for David Ragan. And unlike a day earlier — when he received so many congratulations for Regan Smith, the winner of Saturday's Nationwide race, Ragan felt compelled to send a ... Matt Kenseth disappointed after strong Talladega David Ragan races past rain, wrecks to win at TalladegaColumbus Ledger-Enquirer Ragan steals last-lap winmessenger-inquirer Dothan Eagle -Wilkes Barre Times-Leader all 284 news articles »
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NNS: Smith Wins in ‘Dega
Fox News - almost 4 years
Regan Smith claimed victory in his JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro…
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WATCH: Earnhardt Jr. Triggers Massive Daytona Wreck
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona International Speedway that essentially shut down a three-day test session. NASCAR's most popular driver tapped Marcus Ambrose as they drove across the back straightaway, lifting him "like a forklift" and turning him into the wall. Ambrose's car bounced back across the track and collected a host of others. Two of Earnhardt's Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne, also were involved. So were defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, new teammate Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola and Regan Smith. Kahne's car sustained significant damage. The wreck caused several teams to pack up and leave Daytona, and ended the pack racing that NASCAR wanted to see to evaluate its redesigned cars.
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Regan Smith will race for Nationwide Series championship for JR Motorsports in 2013
Fox News - over 4 years
Regan Smith will race for the Nationwide Series championship next season driving for JR Motorsports.
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Allmendinger to drive for Phoenix again at Kansas
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Allmendinger to drive for Phoenix again at Kansas Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 2:40 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2012 Phoenix general manager Steve Barkdoll said Monday the team was pleased with Allmendinger's performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he finished 24th in his first race since his July suspension for failing a random drug test. The team had planned to use Regan Smith in the No. 51 Chevrolet, but Hendrick Motorsports asked for Smith when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined with a concussion. Allmendinger was at the track when the garage opened Thursday, and the Phoenix crew had to hustle to get the cockpit adjusted to his size. Allmendinger was released by Penske Racing when his backup B'' urine sample also tested positive, and he entered NASCAR's recovery program. [...] he gets to go to Kan ...
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Regan Smith has big shoes to fill as Junior's replacement - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 4 years
Kansas City Star Regan Smith has big shoes to fill as Junior's replacement Kansas City Star NASCAR's Regan Smith was shuffling from one second-tier racing team to another this week when he got the opportunity of a lifetime. He'll fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet in tonight's Bank of America 500 ... Gordon: I couldn't stop if NASCAR: Earnhardt running out of championship NASCAR Driver Safety: Are more safety procedures needed for drivers involved ...SB Nation Atlanta USA TODAY -Yahoo! Sports -ESPN all 1,366 news articles »
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Earnhardt Jr. to miss next two races
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
CONCORD — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races with his second concussion in the past six weeks, ending the championship chances of NASCAR's most popular driver. The first concussion, suffered in a crash during an Aug. 29 tire test at Kansas, went undiagnosed until Wednesday, when Earnhardt was examined in Charlotte for lingering effects from Sunday's crash at Talladega. "I knew having those two concussions back to back was not a good thing," he said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I knew to go see someone whether I wanted to get out of the car or not." Hendrick Motorsports said Earnhardt will sit out races Charlotte and Kansas, and Regan Smith will replace him in the No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Wednesday, was injured in a 25-car, last-lap accident Sunday at Talladega. Because he was able to drive his car away from the accident - teammate Jimmie Johnson even caught a lift on the window back to the garage - Earnhardt was no ...
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Regan Smith will fill in for Earnhardt Jr. - over 4 years
Regan Smith may have lost a ride but not for long. He will drive the No. 88 the next two weeks. Click to Continue »
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CUP: Smith Lands In Kurt Busch's Seat
Fox News - over 4 years
Regan Smith and Kurt Busch are trading places – at least for now.Smith, 29, will drive the No.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Regan Smith
  • 2016
    Age 32
    Smith ran the full 2016 schedule for TBR with the exception of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, for which he was replaced by Ty Dillon as he flew to North Carolina to await the birth of his child.
    More Details Hide Details Smith is an avid fan of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Denver Broncos.
    He later rebounded at the 2016 Pennsylvania 400 with a third-place finish, matching the best finish in the history of TBR set by Dave Blaney at the 2011 Good Sam Club 500.
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    Smith returned to the Cup Series in 2016, driving the No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing, a few hours after Alex Bowman was released from the ride.
    More Details Hide Details He started his season with a solid 8th-place finish in the Daytona 500. He had a dismal spring and summer showing with his best finish in 16 starts being 23rd, at Fontana.
    On October 17, Smith stated that he would not return to JR Motorsports for 2016 and expected to join a team that is competing in the Cup Series in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced on October 28 that Justin Allgaier would bring Brandt sponsorship and drive the No. 7 in 2016.
  • 2015
    Age 31
    On October 3, Smith won his second race in 2015 at Dover, after holding off Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    The spring Daytona race was proven to be Smith's only win of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He finished second in the championship standings to teammate Chase Elliott who clinched the championship during the autumn race at Phoenix. Smith was picked up by Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the No. 41 Haas Automation car, upon the indefinite suspension of its normal driver Kurt Busch. It marked the second time in 7 months that Smith replaced a SHR driver (the other being when he replaced Stewart at Watkins Glen in 2014). Upon Busch's reinstation, Smith did not return to the Cup Series until the STP 500, when Smith replaced Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Target car of Chip Ganassi Racing after Larson had fainted the day before the race. In the Xfinity Series race at Daytona, he flipped over for the first time in his career causing him to finish 35th. On August 8, at Watkins Glen, Smith started a fight against Ty Dillon when Dillon dumped him in turn one costing him in a great finish. On August 15, Smith won the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, passing the leader, Alex Tagliani, in the last lap after slight contact while racing for the lead.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    Smith finished third in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, behind Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish, Jr.; he was named the series' Most Popular Driver at the season-ending awards banquet.
    More Details Hide Details Smith won the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona. On May 24, Smith was tabbed as standby driver for the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports car of Jeff Gordon in the event Gordon did not run the Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms. Gordon would run the full 600 miles. On August 10, Smith was hired to replace Tony Stewart in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen after Stewart hit and killed a driver during a sprint car race the previous day. Smith nearly swept the Daytona Nationwide races by nearly winning the Subway Jalapeño 250. He got edged at the start-finish line by teammate Kasey Kahne in a photo-finish.
    For 2013, Smith returned to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 7 for JR Motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details On the final lap at the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, Smith was leading while heading into the final turn, but when he attempted to block Brad Keselowski, but then spun up the track, causing a 12-car crash that injured 28 fans. On May 4, Smith got his second Nationwide Series victory at the Aaron's 312 at Talladega; Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne were racing three-wide to the finish, and despite Kahne crossing first, Smith had been the leader at the time of the caution coming out. At Michigan's Nationwide race, Smith took the lead with 13 laps remaining after Parker Kligerman pitted, and Smith held off Kyle Larson for his third Nationwide victory. On September 6, Smith stepped into the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports car for Jimmie Johnson in practice and qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, since Johnson was awaiting his second child's birth.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    It is his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win in his first and only start of 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the win at Homestead Miami his last start came in 2007.
    Smith was set to finish the 2012 season by swapping rides with Busch, with Busch taking over Smith's No. 78 and Smith taking over the unsponsored No. 51 Chevrolet at Phoenix Racing, but Smith was announced on October 11, 2012, as the replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the works team's No. 88 Chevrolet for the Charlotte and Kansas Chase races after Earnhardt, Jr. was diagnosed with a concussion after his testing crash at Kansas Speedway in August and after involvement in the same last lap crash during the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega on October 7, 2012, so for these two races, Smith was replaced in the No. 51 by A. J. Allmendinger.
    More Details Hide Details Qualifying 26th and performing well during both practice sessions, Smith had a top-ten car before the engine failed for the first time on the No. 88 team in the season, and finished the race in 38th position. In the following race at Kansas, Smith performed well, and managed to muster a top-ten finish. Earnhardt, Jr. returned to the 88 at Martinsville. Allmendinger would drive the No. 51 at Martinsville and Texas, while Smith drove the car at Phoenix and Homestead. On November 18, Smith won the Ford EcoBoost 300 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving the No. 5 Chevy for JR Motorsports.
    It was announced on September 24, 2012, that Smith would not be returning to Furniture Row Racing for the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Kurt Busch. In his last start for FRR, in the fall race at Talladega, Smith had a fifth-place finish after clearing a 23-car crash in turn 4 on the last lap.
    At the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race, Smith had gotten through 2 cautions that resulted in Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart crashing out of the race until he ended up spinning Danica Patrick away from a top-ten finish.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick crashed head-on and when climbing out of her car, before leaving with officials she thought about tossing her helmet at Smith's car like Stewart had done to Matt Kenseth previously in the past caution, but instead vented her anger/fury by wagging her finger at him when he came by to lap her down. After the race Smith maintained that he did not intentionally crash her while Patrick believed he did and both left Bristol without any penalties.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    Smith married Megan Mayhew in 2011 and the couple have 2 children, a son named Rhett Lee born February 25, 2015, and a daughter named Eliza Grace born September 18, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Season still in progress Ineligible for series points
    At the 2011 Brickyard 400, Smith had enough fuel to end with a solid 3rd-place finish by passing Jamie McMurray on the last lap, for his second top 5 of 2011.
    More Details Hide Details His former teammate Paul Menard ended up winning the race. Also a strong run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway proved that Smith was ready for the Sprint Cup Series with another top 10 position. At the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway, Smith was accidentally turned by Mark Martin and smashed extremely hard head on into the wall. Smith was able to walk away from the crash uninjured but said the crash was one of his hardest wrecks in his career. In 2012 when the Daytona 500 frustrated many fans and NASCAR officials because of a long rain delay on the planned date, a rain delay in the morning, and then the bizarre fire red flag delay caused by Juan Pablo Montoya's crash into a jet dryer in turn 3 on lap 160, Smith told the public he was so happy and excited for the first time in his career to leave Daytona that night. Smith had been involved in a crash on lap 188 involving several other drivers, but was able to continue on the lead lap.
    On May 7, 2011, at the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway, Smith won his first Sprint Cup race, holding off Carl Edwards at the end.
    More Details Hide Details On a late caution, Smith stayed out on older tires while Edwards and most of the lead lap cars pitted for fresh right side tires. Smith fended off Edwards for two restarts to claim the first cup win of his career at Darlington Raceway. Smith in recalling the Talladega race he lost in 2008 said he was not worried about it anymore, and said the Darlington win meant more to him than what he would have experienced at Talladega. The win was somewhat overshadowed by a post-race altercation between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. It was only the second time a driver had won his first Sprint Cup race in the Rebel 500, the first being Lake Speed in 1988.
    At the 2011 Daytona 500, Smith returned to the No. 78 car.
    More Details Hide Details Smith finished seventh after crashing in the final laps while battling for the lead. Although disappointing, he was able to come back and finish 7th in the first top 10 finish of his Cup Series career and for Furniture Row Racing.
    The team changed engine providers, becoming a user of Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies (a joint venture of his former DEI team and Childress Racing) engines for the 2011 season, with Stewart-Haas Racing offering pit crews.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    In 2010, he did not score any top tens.
    More Details Hide Details His best finish was 12th (twice) but still finished 28th in the point standings, his best of his career.
    He made eighteen of twenty attempts with the team, and was hired to drive for the team full-time in 2010, with the team being offered Richard Childress Racing chassis and Hendrick Motorsports engines.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    On January 14, 2009, he signed with Furniture Row Racing to drive the No. 78 for its part-time 2009 slate of races.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    After the 2008 season DEI shut down the No. 01 after merging with Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR operation and Smith was released.
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    Despite finishing the season with no top ten finishes in 34 races (he was removed for both road course races), Smith won the 2008 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award, beating out Sam Hornish, Jr..
    More Details Hide Details He became the first rookie driver in Sprint Cup history to finish every race entered in his rookie season.
    Smith returned to the No. 01 for 2008 as its sole driver, with Martin moving over to the No. 8.
    More Details Hide Details The team operated with little to no sponsorship (Principal Financial Group was the main sponsor), but managed to stay in business the entire season. Smith lost out his first win at Talladega Superspeedway because on the final lap, in the trioval, he passed Tony Stewart for first place, but it was announced that Smith went below the yellow line when he made the pass; the victory was given to Stewart. Smith said that he was pushed down by Stewart.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    As a result, the No. 14 team's owner points were transferred to DEI's No. 15 team and Smith was out of a ride for the 2007 season, allowing him to keep his rookie status for 2008 (only six starts).
    More Details Hide Details He then moved to the Craftsman Truck series to drive the No. 47 for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports for starting at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
    He was removed from the No. 01 on July 17, 2007, and moved to the No. 14 after the release of Sterling Marlin, but before the team could run a race Ginn Racing mergered with Dale Earnhardt, Inc..
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    Smith attempted his first career Cup race at the 2007 Daytona 500, in a fourth car, numbered 39, for Ginn Racing.
    More Details Hide Details He failed to qualify. Regan Smith made his official Nextel Cup debut at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing 25th in NASCAR's first Car of Tomorrow race. Regan made 6 starts in the No. 01 sharing ride with Mark Martin. Regan attempted to make the Daytona 500 but did not make the race.
    Towards the end of the season Smith tested for Ginn Racing at Kentucky, and signed a deal with them to run the full Busch season, and also 16 cup races which, would come in a car shared with Mark Martin for the 2007 season.
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  • 2005
    Age 21
    At the end of the 2005 season, Smith signed on with Team Rensi Motorsports to run a full Busch season for 2006, with his best finish of 10th coming at Charlotte Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details Smith ended the season with one top 10 as well as a number of other strong finishes, and ended the season 20th overall in points.
    Smith began the 2005 season with Xpress Motorsports's No. 19 team, but lost the ride after sponsorship failed to materialize.
    More Details Hide Details He was then hired as the driver of the No. 65 Glynn Motorsports Dodge Ram and in four races in the truck he had a 20th at Texas and a pair of 22nds at Mansfield and Dover, and after that was elevated to Glynn's Busch Series team. Originally unsponsored, the team garnered sponsorship from Who's Your Daddy? and Samson Stone. Despite a streak of six races where he did not qualify worse than twelfth, including three thirteenth-place runs, he was released from the team. He ended the year in the Truck Series MRD for the closing races of the season, finishing 29th, 33rd and 32nd in three late season starts for that team.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    Smith continued to drive for Mac Hill in various Busch races in 2004, his best finish coming at Nashville Superspeedway, where he finished 24th.
    More Details Hide Details Following his release from the team, he was hired to drive the No. 50 Enzyte Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Michael Holigan for three races and appeared in a few episodes of The Reality of Speed on Spike, his best finish 26th at Chicagoland Speedway, before that team suspended operations. After a fifteenth-place finish at Pikes Peak for Phoenix Racing, he posted his best NASCAR finish to date at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Truck Series, 9th in the No. 06 John Boy and Billy Chevy for MRD Motorsports.
  • 2003
    Age 19
    Smith moved to the Busch Series in 2003 for a full-time ride with Bost Motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a lack of major sponsorship, Smith had three top-twenty finishes. However, the underfunded team opted for other drivers halfway through the year, forcing Smith out of work. He drove one race for Innovative Motorsports at Pikes Peak International Raceway, finishing 40th after early mechanical failures forced him to exit the race on the second lap. He also drove for Mac Hill Motorsports in the Ford 300, finishing 28th.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    Smith began his NASCAR career racing in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut at the age of 18 driving the No. 63 Ford F-150 for MB Motorsports at South Boston Speedway. He qualified 28th and finished 29th at South Boston and finished 30th at Phoenix after starting 12th in that race. He also made his Busch Series debut at Memphis Motorsports Park for Ed Whitaker, starting 16th but finishing 39th after a wreck.
  • 2001
    Age 17
    In 2001, he began driving in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, winning four consecutive poles.
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  • 1998
    Age 14
    He joined the World Karting Association and continued to win, joining the factory-supported team owned by Enzo Chiovitti in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he began competing in the Allison Legacy Series.
  • 1995
    Age 11
    In 1995, he and his family moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, to allow Smith to advance his career.
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  • 1983
    Born on September 23, 1983.
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