Regan Smith will start 22nd in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In Saturday morning’s qualifying session, Smith’s No. 78 Farm American Chevrolet toured the historic 2.5-mile oval in 49.987 seconds at 180.047 miles per hour.
What handicapped Smith and the Furniture Row Racing team was a late draw, which is usually good for a late-afternoon qualifying session but not for one in mid-morning.
“With the incredible heat here we all wanted an early draw when it was a little cooler in the morning,” explained Smith. “But unfortunately we drew the 35th-place spot. But considering when we took our qualifying laps our overall effort in the Farm American Chevrolet was respectable. We were also pleased with how our car performed in race-trim conditions during yesterday’s practice.
CFB staff Troy Bredenkamp, Alan Foutz, and Shawn Martini along with representatives from United Soybean Board toured the speedway media center, technical inspection stations, pit road and the fan zone. The group was also present on pit road for the qualifying run of the #78 car.
The pole winner was Juan Pablo Montoya (182.278 mph). Rounding out the top-five order were: Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.
Sunday’s race will be televised on ESPN, beginning with a 60-minute prerace show at 10 a.m. MT.