The word back-up or substitute comes up fairly often in all other sports, except NASCAR. When you hear those words in racing it often refers to pit crew members being injured and not returning, so the next man up springs into action.
In recent years, this has gravitated itself to the drivers. Whether it be due to suspension or injury, many competitors have been sidelined. These circumstances spur unusual opportunities for people like Regan Smith. The New York native has had very few opportunities in quality equipment at NASCARs’ top level, but scored an upset win at Darlington in 2011 in addition to winning multiple NASCAR Xfinity series races. Filling in for Sprint Cup superstars like Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, Regan has also been very competitive.
Most recently Smith subbed for Austin Dillon in the Richard Childress Racing number 2 NXS car at Dover, scoring a respectable 13th place finish.
Regan Smith is a hard nose racer who gets the most out of every opportunity and brings his equipment home in one piece. He deserves the chance to drive for a competitive Sprint Cup team because of it.