KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 5, 2011) — Regan Smith finished 24th in Sunday’s STP 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.
Smith, who started 11th, fell back early in the 267-lap, 400-mile race, but eventually found grip and charged forward. He was running as high as 12th until a costly pit road miscue shoved his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet back to the rear.
“The result should have been better and the performance smoother,” said Smith. “We had the car that was capable of a good finish, but It’s so hard to overcome hiccups with the competition being so fierce. Once we lost a good bit of track position, we just couldn’t make it up even though we tried to do so with car adjustments and pit strategy. Simply put, it was not our day.”
Smith and the Furniture Row team will be looking for a better performance at the next Cup race — Sunday (June 12) at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
The Kansas race winner was Brad Keselowski. Rounding out the top five in order were: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards.