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Regan Smith Joins JR Motorsports For 2013

Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Despite losing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride with Furniture Row Racing, Regan Smith has found a new team for 2013.

JR Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Smith had signed onto the team for the 2013 season. Smith would now make the move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the No.5 car, racing a full time schedule.

Before Smith races full time in 2013, he will make his JR Motorsports debut before the 2012 season is over. He is set to race in a third JRM car at the Nationwide season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In the statement released by JRM, Smith mentions that the new deal is an extremely good opportunity.

“This is an extremely good opportunity for me,” said Smith in the statement. “Dale Jr. and I first started talking about this several years ago, but the timing never matched up to where we could make it happen. Now it’s time. I’m happy to be a part of this organization.”

Smith had been driving for Furniture Row Racing since the 2009 season in the Cup Series. His time with the team came at an end following the chase race at Talladega when the time decided to get a head start with Kurt Busch before the 2013 season. Following Talladega, Smith filled in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the races at Charlotte and Kansas after Earnhardt was diagnosed with a concussion.

Before the diagnosis of Earnhardt’s concussion, Smith was scheduled to race for Phoenix Racing at Charlotte. With Smith filling in for Earnhardt, Phoenix Racing signed A.J Allmendinger on for the two races. Heading into Martinsville Phoenix Racing decided to keep Allmendinger for another race.

The new deal and race team comes at a great timing just when things didn’t look so well for Smith heading into the final races of the year. As Smith will make his way to the Nationwide Series, it gives him a new opportunity in his career and it will be his comeback into the series, which he has not raced in since 2007. The new opportunity will also give him the desire to be the most competitive he has ever been.

“I don’t’ want to just win races,” said Smith. “I want to be the team that dominates races and contends for the championship.”

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy