Regan Smith has ride for 2013


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Regan Smith will race for the Nationwide Series championship next season driving for JR Motorsports.


Smith will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet, and will make his debut in November in the season finale at Homestead.

JRM didn’t announce a sponsor Wednes­day for Smith. The team would like to run two cars in 2013, but only has Smith’s entry cemented.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to run a select number of Nationwide races in the No. 88 for JRM.

Smith has been looking for a job since he was let go from Furniture Row Racing after the Oct. 7 race at Talladega. He spent the past two weeks filling in for Earnhardt at Hendrick Motorsports while Earnhardt sat out with a concussion.

PUSHING TO REOPEN: If Save The Speedway Motorsports has its way, North Wilkesboro Speedway will open its doors for racing after sitting dormant for the past 17 years.

The half-mile race track in North Carolina held local and PASS races in 2011, but it couldn’t make a profit.

STS Motorsports hopes to change all that by asking fans to make donations to re-open the speedway.

PATRICK’S PAYBACK BACKFIRES: Danica Patrick wanted to prove she’s no pushover, but she suffered the most after her retaliation against Landon Cassill last Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

In the process, she actually reminded everyone else it’s easy to push her around.

Her car spun and crashed when she tried to push Cassill’s car around after the two bumped earlier in the race. Her crew chief wasn’t happy, telling her “you know better than that.”

Cassill got the last laugh. According to, Cassill told his team over the radio: “Rule No. 1 in stock car racing is knowing how to wreck someone without wrecking yourself.”

Patrick will get another chance to prove herself Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.