Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/15/14

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 19: Regan Smith, driver of the #01 DEI/The Principal Financial Group Chevrolet, prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 19, 2008 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
When you’re watching the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013, you might be thinking you’re watching a Sprint Cup Series race instead. Add Regan Smith to the growing list of Sprint Cup drivers taking a step back to the Nationwide Series to compete in 2013. Smith is in discussions with Hendrick Motorsports, via JR Motorsports, to drive the #88 Chevrolet next year full time. He started 2012 with Furniture Row Racing, until being replaced starting this weekend with Kurt Busch (who will drive for the team in 2013). At Charlotte Smith was supposed to drive the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, but with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. out this weekend and next, Hendrick contacted Smith to drive that car. Previously, Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers would join their team for the 2013 campaign. Sadler has raced the last two years in the Nationwide Series, but had driven in Sprint Cup for 12 years prior to that. Vickers has been making select starts with Michael Waltrip Racing this year, and that role is expected to continue in 2013. There had been some garage chatter of AJ Allmendinger going to the Nationwide Series for 2013 as he searches for a Sprint Cup ride. Sam Hornish, Jr. will also compete in another season of the Nationwide Series, he was in Sprint Cup from 2008-2010, and has been running as a replacement for Allmendinger at Penske Racing this year.

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