Daytona Sweep on Smith’s Mind

Regan Smith

"Going back (to Daytona) as the spring race winner really does a lot for our team in terms of positivity." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Regan Smith has his sights set on winning Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 to give him a season sweep of Nationwide Series racing at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

Smith opened the year with a win in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at the World Center of Racing, which quickly got his season off to a solid start.

From there Smith continued to excel and lead the series point standings. However, he’s hit a bump in the road in recent weeks including getting caught up in a late accident last week at Kentucky Speedway, which relegated him to a 28th-place finish.

The finish dropped Smith to third in the standings and he trails leader Elliott Sadler by eight points with a four-point deficit behind JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in second.

But Smith hopes a return to Daytona, the scene of his February success will be the cure for what’s been ailing the No. 7 team.

“It’s no secret the past two weeks have been disappointing for us,” said Smith. “But in racing all you can do is move on. We have another great opportunity in front of us with Daytona and the Goody’s Chevrolet this weekend. Going back there as the spring race winner really does a lot for our team in terms of positivity.”

Smith will have Elliott and Kasey Kahne, who will drive the team’s No. 5 entry this weekend, as teammates in the 250-mile race around the 2.5-mile track.

However, even with confidence from his season-opening win providing a positive view and hopes of a 2014 Daytona sweep, Smith is very much aware of the unpredictable nature of plate racing.

“Still, nothing is guaranteed in restrictor plate races,” Smith said. “Our team has had success at both Daytona and Talladega in the past, but no matter what you’ve done, it’s still a bit of an unknown. These types of races always are.”

Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – will have live coverage of the Nationwide Series from Daytona Int’l Speedway. Air time for Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 is 7 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.

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