Smith Joins Ricky Benton Racing

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Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises has signed Regan Smith to drive its No. 92 Ford in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises has signed Regan Smith to drive its No. 92 Ford in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Smith is slated to run 12 of the 23 races this year starting with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

"The last couple years, we've grown our program and are ready to take the next step," said team owner Ricky Benton. "Mike (crew chief Mike Hester) has done a great job leading this team. Having a racer like Regan behind the wheel is going to put us where we want to be in 2017."

For Smith, Benton's enthusiasm for and commitment to his race team is part of what attracted him to the ride.

"We've had discussions in the past about me coming to run a race or two with them, but it's never worked out in our schedules," Smith said. "The draft is a great equalizer so Daytona is a good place for us to work together for the first time. It's always a crap shoot, but my experience in the draft will lead to a strong finish."

Smith was impressed with the start of RBR's 2016 season, finishing in the top 10 in the first three races.

"The challenge this year is to keep that going through those first six races, assess where we are and work to be stronger," Smith said.

Long-time crew chief Hester will again be again calling the shots on race day. The team is running Ford F-150s with Roush-Yates Engines for the fourth year. Also returning are sponsors Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network, Valvoline and Advance Auto Parts.

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