· SMITH BY THE NUMBERS: Regan Smith has six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Homestead-Miami and has an average start of 21.2 and an average finish of 27.3. He’s completed 1,584 of 1,603 (98.8 percent) career laps. Smith’s best starting position is tenth (2010) and his best finish was 13th (2011) at the South Florida track.
· THANKS KASEY: Dumont JETS wanted to thank Kasey Kahne for everything he’s done for them this year as the driver of the No. 95 and they’re celebrating the partnership with a special “Thanks Kasey” message aboard the TV panel on the Procore Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Homestead-Miami.
· RACE INFO: The Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 18th. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Smith’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Homestead-Miami:
Date Event: S F Laps Status
11/16/08 Ford 400 26 34 265/267 Running
11/22/09 Ford 400 16 32 266/267 Running
11/21/10 Ford 400 10 17 267/267 Running
11/20/11 Ford 400 16 13 267/267 Running
11/18/12 Ford EcoBoost 400 24 30 264/267 Running
11/20/16 Ford EcoBoost 400 35 38 255/268 Crash
From the Driver’s Seat:
Regan Smith: “I’m really looking forward to Homestead this weekend. It’s one of my favorite race tracks because of the different lines you can run there, as well as the fact that you need to move around as the tires get old and falloff because of wear the way that they do. It presents opportunities for guys to really drive the cars, and it’s a track that is still very aerodynamic-dependent, so we’ll have to be conscious of that. It’s one of those tracks that is just fun to race around. These past eleven weeks have been a blast getting to be back behind the wheel of a car in the Cup series. I want to finish it up strong for these guys on the No. 95. We started off pretty hot together when I got into the seat, but it just seems like things cooled off for us a bit lately and we’ve been searching for the balance that I need in the race cars. I’m hoping that we’re able to find that this weekend so that we can go out and maybe save a little momentum to end the season with.”
From the Pit Box:
Jon Leonard: “Homestead is a track like no other on the circuit, so it’s really hard to have much to refer to in order to prepare for the race weekend other than past history. The good news is that we actually ran really well there the last few years, and we are essentially taking the same set-up back with us this weekend. It’s going to be a little bit different of a left-side tire than what we’ve run there in the past, and obviously, the Camaro ZL1 body is different for us versus years past, but the fundamental set-up theories remain. Homestead is a little bit different from end-to-end, but not to the extent of Texas or Phoenix where you have to really compromise on set-ups. Most times you eventually end up running the line up along the wall, so it’s about having the stability to run up there, along with keeping the right-side on it throughout the race. It’s been a couple of years since Regan (Smith) has last run there, but the configuration hasn’t changed in a while. We have some great driver data to look at, and we’re spending time making sure all our T’s are crossed and our I’s are dotted to give LFR the best chance we have of getting a good finish for all our sponsors. I think everybody looks forward to going to Homestead to end the season, and the goal is always to end it on a high note.”
No. 95 Dumont JETS Camaro ZL1 Team:
Driver: Regan Smith Crew Chief: Jonathon Leonard
Car Chief: Matt Kimball Spotter: Ford Martin
Engineer: J.R. Houston Mechanic: Bill Mares
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez Jackman: Jonathan Willard
Fueler: Ryan Dextraze Rear Changer: Cory Baldwin
Front Changer: Chris Winchell Front Carrier: Justin Kirby
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez
About Dumont GROUP:
Dumont GROUP is a full-service aircraft charter, sales, maintenance and parts organization headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware with a FAA approved 135 certificate, and EASA and FAA approved 145 MRO at the New Castle Airport (KILG) and Central Illinois Regional Airport (KBMI) in Bloomington, Illinois. Dumont GROUP’s divisions include Dumont JETS, Dumont MRO, and Volo Direct.
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