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Martinsville - No. 95 WRL General Contractors Camaro ZL1 Preview
Oct 23, 2018

No. 95 WRL General Contractors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Notes:

SMITH BY THE NUMBERS: In 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Martinsville, Regan Smith has an average start of 22.8 and an average finish of 25.6.  He’s completed 5,827 of 6,027 (96.7 percent) career laps and has led for a total of two laps at the half-mile track.

RACE INFO: The First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 28th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

 

Smith's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Martinsville:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

4/1/2007

Event

Goody's Cool Orange 500

Start

36

Finish

26

Laps

498 / 500

Status

Running

Date

3/30/2008

Event

Goody's Cool Orange 500

Start

33

Finish

14

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

10/19/2008

Event

Tums QuickPak 500

Start

30

Finish

42

Laps

417 / 504

Status

Running

Date

3/29/2010

Event

Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500

Start

28

Finish

32

Laps

496 / 508

Status

Running

Date

10/24/2010

Event

Tums Fast Relief 500

Start

13

Finish

31

Laps

442 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/3/2011

Event

Goody's Fast Relief 500

Start

10

Finish

31

Laps

476 / 500

Status

Running

Date

10/30/2011

Event

Tums Fast Relief 500

Start

26

Finish

13

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/1/2012

Event

Goody's Fast Relief 500

Start

17

Finish

16

Laps

513 / 515

Status

Running

Date

4/7/2013

Event

STP Gas Booster 500

Start

18

Finish

22

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

3/29/2015

Event

STP 500

Start

7

Finish

16

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/3/2016

Event

STP 500

Start

34

Finish

34

Laps

491 / 500

Status

Running

Date

10/30/2016

Event

Goody's Fast Relief 500

Start

21

Finish

30

Laps

494 / 500

Status

Running

 

Smith's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Martinsville (Cummulative):

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

12

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

 

Smith's 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

7

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

1

Poles

0

Laps Led

10

Avg. Start

28.4

Avg. Finish

19.6

 

Smith's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

220

Wins

1

Top 5

4

Top 10

14

Poles

0

Laps Led

64

Avg. Start

23.9

Avg. Finish

24.8

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Regan Smith: “Martinsville is definitely one of the more challenging places that we go to on the circuit in terms of getting your car to turn. Getting your car to be able to get up off of the corner, having the drive that you need and the grip with the rear tires so that you’re not spinning the rear tires are all really important factors for there.  It’s typically a one-lane racetrack and the transitions from concrete to asphalt really present quite a challenge in terms of getting the car to grip the same over those two varied surfaces, as well as getting the car to transition across them where they have bumps into the corner.  There are a lot of things that you have to think about and worry about when it comes to Martinsville.  There’s a curb along the bottom lane, so it’s not like other tracks where you can maybe cheat the apron just a little bit to help yourself out.  Brakes are always a severe issue there.  You really need to work on having your car rolling well so that you aren’t using too much brake as you get into the corner, which can cause bigger problems like blown tires and bead failures.  There are a lot of things to keep in mind as we head into the weekend, but Martinsville is one of those places where if you get your car right, it can be a very fun race track.  If you can find a balance that lets you be happy with your car, it can even open up some opportunities to pass, especially on old tires.  If you manage your tires well it can really pay dividends at the end of the race.”

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard: “It is always exciting getting back to Martinsville. Obviously, it’s a short track, which is what so many of us all grew up on.  Martinsville is as much about survival as it is having speed in your car. You have to manage both aspects though in order to have a good day. It has also been very cold at Martinsville the last few races, so track position has meant more than tires recently.  Long runs of around 100 laps have become common at Martinsville, and everybody wants to focus on pure rear tire grip.  More rear grip usually makes the middle of the turn worse, so finding a good compromise, and getting thru the corner without getting uprooted will be the priority.  We'll focus on both and take what we've learned from the other short tracks this year and then apply them for this weekend.  Small teams like us also see this weekend at Martinsville as an equalizer.  It is somewhere we can go and compete at to try and get a top-5 or top-10 finish without focusing so heavily on the aero(dynamic) side of the car.  When we focus on mechanical grip and keeping the fenders on it, chances are you'll come out with a good points day.  Anything can happen at Martinsville, we just have to be prepared and ready.”


No. 95 Thorne Camaro ZL1 Team:

Driver: Regan Smith                         
Crew Chief: Jonathon Leonard
Car Chief: Matt Kimball                        
Spotter: Doug Campbell
Engineer: J.R. Houston                        
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        
Mechanic: Bill Mares                    
Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramierz          
Jackman: Jonathan Willard
Fueler: Ryan Dextraze                       
Rear Changer: Cory Baldwin
Front Changer: Chris Winchell      
Front Carrier: Justin Kirby

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