JR Motorsports announced Wednesday that Regan Smith will drive the team's No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry full time in 2013.
Smith will make his debut this season when the team fields three entries for the Nov. 17 season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smith will join teammates Cole Whitt and Danica Patrick in that race.
"This is an extremely good opportunity for me," said Smith, who filled in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup entry the last two weekends. "Dale Jr. and I first started talking about this several years ago, but the timing never matched up to where we could make it happen. Now it's time. I'm happy to be a part of this organization. I don't want to just win races. I want to be the team that dominates races and contends for the championship."
Smith, 29, has competed in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck series since 2002 and Sprint Cup Series since 2007.
The 2008 Sprint Cup rookie of the year, he earned his lone Cu...