Regan Smith has a part-time ride for the 2017 racing season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“We are looking at running 10-12 races this year with Regan,” Ricky Benton Racing team owner Rick Benton told NBC Sports in an email Wednesday.
The story was first reported by JeffGluck.com.
“I wasn’t done racing — don’t count me out yet,” Smith told Gluck. “It’s just nothing was playing out to be in a good situation in Cup this year.”
Friends for nearly 20 years, Smith and Benton had previously talked about racing together, but as Gluck noted, the timing had never worked out.
Smith’s first run in the No. 92 Ford will be the season-opening race at Daytona. He’ll remain in the truck for the following five races, through Dover on June 2. The rest of the races Smith will drive are undecided.
Smith told Gluck he’d like replicate the start NASCAR On NBC analyst Parker Kligerman had in the No. 92 last season with three straight top-10 finishes: third at Daytona and eighth at both Atlanta and Martinsville.
“If we could duplicate the start we had last year, that would be an ideal situation,” Smith told Gluck. “Then we could aim for top 10s and try to stay up there.
“We have to work to get consistency a little bit, but I think the sky’s the limit. There’s some really good people down there.”
Southern 500 winner Regan Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday that he’s looking for a ride for the upcoming NASCAR season and didn’t rule out running in any of the top three national series.
Smith, who co-hosted “The Morning Drive,’’ was left without a ride after Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its charter after last season and reduced its involvement in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The organization has stated it would seek to make the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler but has not announced any other Cup plans.
Asked what he will be doing this season, Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “Working on stuff. I wish I had a better answer for you. It’s down to crunch time. We’ll see what happens. There have been some opportunities here and there.
“I’ll just be brutally honest, when it comes to and pertains to the Cup series, you want to be competitive when you’re out there. This year I’m willing to wait until I can get myself in a situation to where I’m competitive and I can actually go out and do what I feel like I’m capable of.
“With that said, you have a little different mindset during the offseason when that is your thought process. We’re working through some stuff. That’s not to say that I won’t do some Xfinity and Truck races here and there in the meantime.
“I like racing at Daytona, so I’d like to be down there in something. We’ll see how that all plays out. I’m not done racing. I love racing. I love driving cars. I enjoy different kind of things. I’d like to be a part of the sport. Whether that is behind the wheel or different avenues or different things, we’ll see how it goes.’’
The 33-year-old Smith has 211 career Cup starts and won the 2011 Southern 500. He had two top-10 finishes last year for Tommy Baldwin Racing, placing third at Pocono in the fog-shortened race and finishing eighth in the Daytona 500.
Smith has six wins in 205 career Xfinity starts. He finished in the top four in points in that series from 2013-15, scoring five wins during that time with JR Motorsports. Smith also has 23 Camping World Truck Series starts but last drove in that series in 2008.
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Wednesday morning, Carl Edwards announced he is “stepping way” from full-time NASCAR competition after 12 full seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Edwards cited his satisfaction with his career and his desire to remain healthy and pursue other opportunities.
The native of Columbia, Missouri, drove only for Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing in his Cup career. He took time to acknowledge his competitors and his history of being a difficult teammate.
“There is nothing I love more than driving down a corner at 190 miles an hour sideways next to the best drivers in the world,” Edwards said. “You guys are amazing. You can be jerks sometimes, but let’s be honest, I can be a jerk, too. But what you’ve done for me, my competitors, all of you, is you’ve pushed me … when you win one of these races or you do well, you know that you have beaten the best, and it feels almost impossible in the process, but then when you’re done, it’s the most amazing feeling ever, and that’s because of how good all of you guys are, so thanks for letting me be a part of that group.”
Edwards’ announcement led his peers and competitors to acknowledge him on social media.
But start with a message Carl Edwards recorded for social media right after his press conference. Edwards said it was the “most nervous” he’s ever been to speak in front of a crowd.
For the time being Regan Smith is a race car driver without race team, but he’s not a man without a country.
Smith, who drove for the now defunct Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2016, doesn’t yet have any concrete plans for next season,
But Smith is keeping himself busy. During his four seasons with Furniture Row Racing, the native of Cato, New York, lived in Denver, Colorado, where the premier series team is located.
Those four years saw Smith pledge allegiance to Bronco Nation. Now, with the Broncos on a road swing on the eastern part of the United States, Smith is using his free time to follow his favorite team with friends.
Smith attended Denver’s game last weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, where they beat the Jaguars 20-10. Today, Smith is in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Broncos play the Titans.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kevin Harvick, who won the pole for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will have the pit stall closest to pit exit.
Those with openings either before or after their pit stall are: Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Harvick
Here is who the four championship contenders will have around them:
Joey Logano (pit stall 10) … has Dylan Lupton in front of him and Brian Scott behind him.
Kyle Busch (pit stall 13) … has Jeffrey Earnhardt in front of him and an opening behind him.
Carl Edwards (pit stall 21) … has Matt DiBenedetto in front of him and opening behind him.
Jimmie Johnson (pit stall 37) … has Regan Smith in front of him and Reed Sorenson behind him.
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