Regan Smith has shared that Furniture Row Racing does not plan on bringing him back in 2013. The driver of the No. 78 car has explained that he is disappointed by the decision but has not confirmed a new ride. Smith has already been linked to several teams for the next season while Kurt Busch remains as his most likely replacement.
Regan Smith Will Not Return to FRR
Although Furniture Row Racing (FRR) has not released an official statement about the future of the No. 78 car, Regan Smith's interview with NASCAR.com reveals that he is aware of the team's decision to release him. Smith mentioned that he "won't be back here next year" despite having a ride with the team since 2009 and winning the 2011 Showtime Southern 500.
FRR has been linked to Kurt Busch for several months, and the driver has admitted to talking with the team about next season. Furniture Row Racing initially indicated that the team wanted a second car in 2013. Unfortunately, finding another sponsor has not worked out, so it seems that Regan Smith will simply be replaced with someone new.
Regan Smith's Options for 2013
Despite a disappointing season in 2012, Regan Smith has several options for next year, and reports have already linked him to multiple teams. Smith had two top 10 finishes in the 2012 Sprint Cup and admits that this has been difficult season for him. Although Furniture Row Racing changed his crew chief, the decision may have been made too late to make a difference. Richard Petty Motorsports has not extended the contracts for its two drivers but Aric Almirola continues to be cited as the driver who will be let go, so Smith could join this team.
Regan Smith has also been rumored to be an option for Tommy Baldwin Racing, and the driver has experience with underfunded teams. If Richard Childress Racing is able to find the sponsorship for another car, Smith could be one of the team's choices. Regan Smith has expressed his disappointment about leaving Furniture Row Racing, but his career in NASCAR is not over.
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