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Richmond - No. 95 FDNY Foundation Camaro ZL1 Preview
Sep 18, 2018

No. 95 FDNY Foundation Chevrolet Notes:

FDNY FOUNDATION: Leavine Family Racing is proud to feature the FDNY Foundation aboard the No. 95 Camaro ZL1 for the second time this season.  The FDNY Foundation provides funding for programs that advance the New York City Fire Department’s goals, which include maintaining operational excellence, reaching out to the community with an array of fire and health safety programs, and increasing diversity within the Department’s uniformed ranks.   

SMITH BY THE NUMBERS: In 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Regan Smith has an average start of 21.5 and an average finish of 26.0.  He’s completed 4,169 of 4,417 (94.4 percent) career laps and has led for a total of two laps.

RACE INFO: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 22nd. 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 Richmond:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

5/3/2008

Event

Crown Royal 400

Start

26

Finish

21

Laps

408 / 410

Status

Running

Date

9/7/2008

Event

Chevy Rock & Roll 400

Start

29

Finish

23

Laps

400 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/12/2009

Event

Chevy Rock & Roll 400

Start

35

Finish

40

Laps

174 / 400

Status

Crash

Date

5/1/2010

Event

Crown Royals 400

Start

29

Finish

30

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/11/2010

Event

Air Guard 400

Start

17

Finish

25

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

Date

4/30/2011

Event

Crown Royal 400

Start

2

Finish

17

Laps

399 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/10/2011

Event

Wonderful Pistachios 400

Start

23

Finish

18

Laps

400 / 400

Status

Running

Date

4/28/2012

Event

Capital City 400

Start

15

Finish

27

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/8/2012

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

3

Finish

24

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

Date

4/24/2016

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

34

Finish

32

Laps

399 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/10/2016

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

24

Finish

29

Laps

397 / 407

Status

Crash

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

11

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

2

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

10

Avg. Start

26.0

Avg. Finish

16.0

 

Smith's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

215

Wins

1

Top 5

4

Top 10

13

Poles

0

Laps Led

64

Avg. Start

23.7

Avg. Finish

24.9

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Regan Smith: “Richmond never used to be one of my favorite tracks, but it has become one of my favorite tracks.  I had to re-learn how to drive Richmond.  When I was at Furniture Row, I felt like I was able to do a really nice job in qualifying, but then we just weren’t able to race very well.  It seemed like we could get the car set-up for speed for one or two laps, but then I just couldn’t carry that speed on.  At JRM (JR Motorsports) I started to really focus on long runs, not watching the front-side of runs, and was able to turn the tide and make it to where we had better long run cars.  A lot of that came from protecting your tires and doing the right things coming off the corners.  Naturally, you have brakes to worry about and there’s a big sweeping corner into Turn 1, which is completely different than Turn 3.  The exits to both corners are also different from each other, so it’s all about finding that balance in your race car.  You need to have a car that turns well enough but isn’t too loose in or too tight off at Richmond.  I’ve learned that you’re never going to be entirely happy with the handling the entire way around the track, but you need to find what’s most important for our No. 95 Chevy and go from there.  I’m looking forward to this weekend, and I have 400 laps on Saturday night to make it good, or 400 laps to mess it up, so it should be a fun weekend!

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard: “The biggest challenge of Richmond race weekends usually includes the word 'tires'.  There’s a huge amount of tire fall-off there, so tires are really important. So important in fact, that you'll be on pit road every chance you can get, regardless if you ran two laps or 100 laps. You need to make sure that your car has good short run speed to maintain track position, but setting it up for the longer run, and keeping tires on it over 50 laps can be incredibly beneficial. It’s hard to get a car to really handle well everywhere at Richmond. You need turn and drive built into it and you also need short run, as well as long run speed.  It’s hard to maintain both, but I think with the notebook we have from there in the spring, we have a really good direction on where we want to be and where we need to go.  The Playoffs so far have gotten off to a crazy start, and with a short track night race, I’m sure they won’t calm down just yet. We'll work on giving Regan (Smith) the best car we can, but I feel like survival may play a small factor in the outcome on Saturday night.”


5 WRL General Contractors Camaro ZL1 Team:

Driver: Regan Smith                         
Crew Chief: Jonathon Leonard
Car Chief: Ben Leslie                         
Spotter: Doug Campbell
Engineer: J.R. Houston                        
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        
Mechanic: Bill Mares
Mechanic: Matt Kimball                     
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

About FDNY Foundation:

The FDNY Foundation provides funding for programs that advance the New York City Fire Department’s goals, which include maintaining operational excellence, reaching out to the community with an array of fire and health safety programs, and increasing diversity within the Department’s uniformed ranks.  

As the Department’s official 501(c)(3) non-profit partner, the Foundation works with the philanthropic community to generate tax-exempt contributions and grants that benefit all New Yorkers by keeping the FDNY strong and responsive to the community it serves.  Foundation funding supports cutting-edge equipment and training for first responders, smoke alarm installation programs for underserved populations, fire safety education in our schools, free CPR training for the public, and initiatives to introduce a new generation of young people to the world of emergency response. 

Established in 1980, the Foundation is flexible and responsive to evolving Department needs.  The FDNY Foundation Board is comprised of business and civic leaders who collaborate with the Fire Commissioner and senior Chiefs to establish priorities and develop programs that enhance safety, engage the community, and ultimately ensure that the FDNY remains the world’s leader in emergency response.

To support the FDNY Foundation, please call 718-999-0779, email info@fdnyfoundation.org, or visit www.fdnyfoundation.org for more information.