Regan Smith’s eyes lit up when he sat down outside the No. 95 hauler to talk about his substitution role at Leavine Family Racing, and the reason why was obvious.
“I feel like a race car driver again this past couple of weeks!” the 35-year-old exclaimed.
And Smith is a race car driver. While he can mostly be found doing television work for Fox Sports at the racetrack and in the studio during the week, Smith says there is a misconception about his driving status.
“I read a report somewhere it was like, ‘Oh, Regan Smith, who has been retired for two years,’” he recalled. “I’m like, I’m not retired. I never said I was retired.”
Charlotte is scheduled to be Smith’s fourth and final race with LFR. He has been filling for Kasey Kahne, who is working with doctors to find a solution for his severe dehydration issues. These four weeks have been tremendous fun for Smith; his future was unclear after filling in for Aric Almirola last year at Richard Petty Motorsports, although Smith didn’t know it at the time.
Hear how Smith feels about being considered NASCAR’s super sub, why he was scared s**less to get back in the car, what he enjoys about television and more in this week’s podcast with Kelly Crandall.