DENVER, Colo. – Kansas will be top of mind for Regan Smith in this weekend’s Geico 400 Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
“I’m just as excited about heading to Chicagoland Speedway as are the 12 Chase drivers,” said Smith. “The reason for the optimism is that we’re taking the same Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet that we tested with in Kansas a few weeks ago. We were really fast in the Kansas test session, which is a 1.5-mile track like Chicagoland.”
Smith feels his Denver-based team has strength when it comes to the mile-and-a-half ovals, but his recent result at Atlanta Motor Speedway — another 1.5-miler — left him with a personal score to settle.
“We had a top-10 locked at Atlanta — I think we were running ninth and nobody was near us, but then with four laps to go a caution came out and during the two-lap overtime restart our car couldn’t get up to speed on fresh tires and we got shoved back to a 14th-place finish. I know the 12 Chase drivers are going