Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Regan Smith: Things could be worse

   To see performances spoiled by an overload of bad luck has been discouraging for Regan Smith in recent weeks in the Sprint Cup Series. But at the same time the Furniture Row Racing driver just needs to look outside of his mountain home near Denver, Colo., to get a crueler perspective of tough luck.

   Before leaving for Kentucky last week, Smith said he could see and smell the smoke from the raging fires that have engulfed Colorado, where more than 300 homes have gone up in flames and more than 100,000 acres torched.

   "I love this area and it tears your insides apart seeing the destruction that has taken place," said Smith, who moved to Colorado last year to be near the team's Denver race shop. "Our recent issues are minimal compared to the fire-stricken families.

   "I want Colorado residents to know that our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected and that Furniture Row Racing is very proud to represent the great state of Colorado on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. I also want to give a team shout out to the brave firefighters and safety personnel who risk their lives daily in their continuing efforts to control and extinguish the fires."