BRISTOL, Tenn. — Regan Smith brought home a battered race car to a 16th-place finish in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools 500 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The entertaining 500-lap event, which saw numerous spins and crashes, was reminiscent of the old Bristol races as the beating and banging along with plenty of sheet metal carnage returned to the high-banked, half-mile oval.
“It was a rough night,” said Smith, who started the race from the 14th position. “It was difficult to pass and that’s why you saw so many incidents and cautions. We took our share of licks, but managed to keep our car in one piece and finish on the lead lap.”
Though Smith was pleased with how his Furniture Row Racing team overcame adversity, he was not happy with himself for unintentionally wrecking Danica Patrick late in the race.
“It was my fault, no excuses on my end,” said Smith about the incident with Patrick. “After I made contact with Danica’s car I radioed my spotter to relay a message to her s...