NASCAR Notebook: Smith Not Done Driving
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on February 7, 2017 | 1:57 P.M. EST
Regan Smith says he plans to continue his driving career and has not retired from NASCAR. (Photo: Getty Images)
Regan Smith plans to continue his driving career and has not retired from NASCAR.
Smith found himself without a full-time ride when Tommy Baldwin Racing scaled back and sold its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charter at the end of last season. But even with the start of the new season just days away, Smith hasn't given up hope of finding something for the 2017 campaign.
"Working on stuff," Smith said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s "The Morning Drive." "I wish I had a better answer. It's crunch time. There've been opportunities here and there but when it comes to the Cup Series, you want to be competitive. I'm willing to wait until I can get myself into a situation where I'm competitive, and I can do what I feel I'm capable of.
"That's not to say I won't do some XFINITY and Truck Series races in the meantime. I like racing at Daytona so I'd prefer to be down there in something. I love racing and driving cars. I'd like to be a part of the sport. Whether that's behind the wheel or taking different avenues, we'll see how it goes."
Texas Renovations Begin
The final stage of Texas Motor Speedway's renovation project will begin next week with the repaving of the track surface around the 1.5-mile oval. Work began Jan. 9 and construction crews already have completed installation of the drainage system, and grade changes in Turns 1 and 2. The re-profiling of that segment of the track will reduce banking from 24 to 20 degrees and expand the width of the racing surface from 60 to 80 feet. Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged from the current configuration of 24 degrees of banking and 60 feet of racing surface.
Tracks Set Daytona Watch Parties
Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway will host Daytona 500 watch parties for fans on February 26th.
RIR’s event will begin at 12 noon (ET) at Big Al's Sports Bar & Grill, 3641 Cox Road, Henrico, Va. Fans will be treated to food and beverage specials, and have the opportunity to win prizes and exclusive giveaways from the track.
The Darlington event will start at 1:30 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 120 Dunbarton Drive, Florence, S.C. Crown Beverages and Coca-Cola will support the event with a variety of activities and giveaways. Fans will have the chance to win tickets, pit passes and wristbands for pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend.