Fast Facts: Regan Smith

Smith's celebratory burnout.
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Until this past weekend, Regan Smith’s claim to fame was winning the 2008 Raybesto’s Rookie of the Year in the Sprint Cup Series. After the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 7th, however, he can now add “Sprint Cup Series race winner” to his resume. Here are some fast facts on NASCAR’s newest winner.
  • Regan Smith was born September 23rd, 1983 in Cato, New York (northwest of Syracuse). He began racing go-karts and microds at age four; in 1995, his family moved to Mooresville, North Carolina in hopes of advancing Smith’s racing career. He went on to compete in the World Karting Association, the Allison Legacy Series, and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.
  • In 2002, Smith made his Truck Series and Busch Series debuts, going on to race for a number of teams over the next few seasons. He made his Cup Series debut in 2007, sharing the Ginn Racing #01 with Mark Martin before the team merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and he lost his ride. In 2008, he came back to the #01 as a full-time driver, and won the Rookie of the Year title over Sam Hornish Jr.; Smith was the first rookie driver in NASCAR history to finish every race entered in his first season.
  • Smith was on his way to winning his first race in 2008 when the “yellow line” rule struck: at Talladega in the fall, he passed Tony Stewart on the last lap for what looked like the win, but NASCAR deemed the pass came below the yellow line, relegating him to an 18th-place finish.
  • In January 2009, after DEI merged with Chip Ganassi Racing, Smith signed with Furniture Row Racing for a partial season; he remained with the team in 2010, finishing 28th in points with a top finish of 12th two times.
  • Smith returned to Furniture Row Racing in 2011, and started the season with a 7th-place finish in the Daytona 500, his first top ten finish in Sprint Cup. Prior to winning the Southern 500, Smith had nine top 20 qualifying runs in the first nine races of the season, including five in the top five.
  • Find out more about Regan Smith at http://www.regansmith.com
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