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Regan Smith, happy in Denver

The story is old by now. Underdog Regan Smith and his Furniture Row Racing team shock the NASCAR world with a win at Darlington. It's kind of like the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the World Series.

But Smith likes the role of underdog.

 

"I’m OK with it," said Smith "We are fine with that title. I’d rather fly under the radar and get a second win."

 

If that second win is going to happen, it's a bet that it's sometime over the next two Sprint Cup races.

 

"At the beginning of the season, I had Darlington, Dover and Charlotte circled on my calendar," said Smith. "We've just run really well at those tracks."

 

Of the win at Darlington, Smith said, "Darlington is someplace that legends are supposed to win there, you look at the trophy and I swear you feel like you are at the Hall of Fame. I have a lot of respect for NASCAR and the sport in general. To know that my name and picture is going to be on that trophy means a lot to me. I couldn't have scripted it better."

 

And of this weekend at Dover, the 27-year-old former Rookie of the Year said, "Dover’s a totally different deal than Darlington. With it being a concrete track, it chatters the cars and the drivers. You are pulling Gs and after 400 laps there, you are worn out. It’s one of the quickest mile race tracks in America. With the physical element there, it just beats you up."

 

The only car Furniture Row Racing has in its Denver garage is Smith's No. 78 Chevrolet. The prevailing thought in the sport is that the further away from Charlotte you are, the more difficult it is to win. But Smith's victory in Darlington -- and Trevor Bayne's upset win at Daytona -- is sending the message that small teams can compete in NASCAR.

 

 

"There's not really a disadvantage any more to be in Denver," he said. "Technology-wise, we have the same information out there and the same tools people have in North Carolina. Other than the travel and maybe the logistics of getting motors and getting cars, we're fine in Denver. It's refreshing to be in Denver, the people who work with you are there because they want to be there, they live there. So you are not worried about someone thinking about moving to the garage down the street."

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