NASCAR’s most underrated driver may have a full-time ride in 2010.
According to a bit that scrolled across the bottom of the screen during ESPN2’s telecast of Saturday’s Nationwide Series Carfax 250 at Michigan, ESPN’s Dave Newton has reported that Regan Smith and Furniture Row Racing have agreed to a deal(terms undisclosed) that will allow the 25-year old Moorseville, North Carolina driver to run the full 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2010.
If Smith is not NASCAR’s most underrated driver, then he is certainly high up in the category. Smith, the 2008 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, has finished every one of the 52 races he has started. He also nearly won his first career race at the Cup level last October at Talladega, where he crossed the stripe in first, but was relegated to an 18th place finish for “Passing below the yellow line.”
In 2009, Furniture Row Racing has run a limited schedule with Smith, but has performed well doing so. If there are no personell changes, Jay Guy will be the crew chief for the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2010.