Regan Smith is Ready for a 2013 Win

By Kent Whitaker
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Regan Smith is taking his No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro to Fontana for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Auto Club Speedway. The driver is hoping that the last few weeks are building up to a win for his team in the running of the Royal Purple 300.

According to Smith, it may just be a matter of time before the first win of the season comes. Returning to tracks during the remainder of the season and building on notes from race to race may seem to be part of his team’s plan for success.

“For our TaxSlayer team, I’m confident the wins will come. It’s just a matter of time. I feel like we’re just now hitting our stride,” Smith said. “We’re clicking and learning new things every race. When we go back to these tracks, we’ll know exactly what to do thanks to that knowledge. I think the further we get into this season, the more dangerous a race team we’re going to be.”

Smith admits that the level of competition has risen in the NNS garage. He’s also aware that the point race is on even though the season is still young. He’s right on both counts. With a change in the number of cars starting in the NNS races, the number of quality teams and drivers has increased.

At the same time, many Sprint Cup drivers have been pulling double duty and racing in both series trying to get as much seat time as possible. While the Cup drivers can’t run for NNS Championship points, their presence does increase the competition level. Only a few races into the season, Smith says that he’s not the only NNS driver in the garage that’s looking for series wins.

“One of the great things about the Nationwide Series this year is how deep the field really is. You have 15 to 20 cars week in and week out that can go out there and win,” Smith said. “You have a lot of guys that are hungry for
wins, which equals good racing for the fans.”

Smith has reason to be hopeful for a win on the horizon. The driver has had a pair of top-10s and an average finish of 6.5 over the last two races. It’s a NNS career-best for the native of Cato, New York. In addition, Smith has earned 76 points in that time frame, climbing a single position to fourth in the championship standings.

“The points are a big deal to us. We’re thinking about points every lap, every track. We have to. Sam Hornish has a bit of a buffer right now, but it’s still early.”

Whitaker is a member of NASCAR media, covers NASCAR and the NFL, author and culinary writer. Follow him @thekentwhitaker on twitter or online.

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