Smith’s substitution for Earnhardt ends in smoke at Charlotte

Regan Smith, driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Regan Smith, driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Regan Smith’s debut substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. lasted only a brief time Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  After getting the call to step in for two races earlier in the week due to a lingering concussion for NASCAR’s most popular driver, Smith relished the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of the top cars in NASCAR; a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

After starting the Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 in 26th, Smith was quickly able to race his way into the top 15. After pit stops and some adjustments, Smith made his way to ninth on lap 51.

It wasn’t long after he made his way into the top 10 however that disaster struck. On lap 61, the engine in the Chevy began smoking; Smith was forced to coast to the garage and was out of the race.MORE>>>

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