Tony Lumbis · Thursday October 4, 2012
As I’m sure you all know, the past few weeks certainly have not been the most pleasant of my career. I was informed that I would not be back with the team and then found out with the rest of you that Kurt Busch would be in the car. I had an inkling that he was going to replace me, but that was for the team to talk about, not me. What did catch me off guard was the fact that I will be out of the car after Talladega. I would have expected to at least have been able to finish the season after all of my efforts, but it is not to be.
With that being said, I am already working on putting this disappointment behind me so that I can focus on the fact that I’ll be a free agent and I need to move forward. It’s late in the season and a lot of moves have already been made in terms of seats being filled, but those are the cards that I was dealt. I will do the best that I can to emerge from this in the best possible situation.
Tony Lumbis · Friday August 24, 2012
As drivers, there is always something to do in between races and this week was no different. On Tuesday, we were at Pikes Peak for testing. Overall, I thought things went pretty well. Some stuff worked, some didn’t. Any time we get to test, it serves as a good opportunity to gather information that we can apply anywhere. If I had to pick a specific track where I expect what we learned to especially benefit us, I would say Richmond more than anywhere else; Pikes Peak is just a little bit rougher. We’re also hoping some of the things we found could work at Bristol.
We used to get to Pikes Peak a lot but this is actually the first time since the end of last year that we were able to test there. I enjoy going there and if they got rid of some of the bumps, I think you would see a lot more teams crossing the country to test there. From a short track perspective, I think it’s one of the best venues in the nation to collect data and knowledge at. I think it’s a great facility and I have a lot of fond memories from when we used to race there.
Tony Lumbis · Friday July 20, 2012
I would like to thank everyone for your words of support for the firefighters and those impacted by the fires out here in Colorado. Fortunately, they’ve got all of them taken care of finally and we got some rain. It’s still a severe drought but at least it’s not the timber box that is used to be. The firefighters did a great job containing the fires so I hope we don’t have to worry about it the rest of this year. The closest one to us was probably the Boulder fire about 15 to 20 miles away so it was far enough where it didn’t have us too worried but close enough to keep an eye on it. We feel very fortunate.
The drug screening process in NASCAR has come back into the spotlight of late and a lot of people have shared their opinions on the system. I think as with any process, there are always ways that you can refine it.
Regan Smith · Friday June 15, 2012
Before I write on anything else, I need to point out that my prediction last month about the L.A. Kings winning the Stanley Cup came true! I just had a feeling that with the way they were playing they would go all the way. My predictions don’t always come true so I need to let everyone know when they do.
Things have been starting to look better for the Furniture Row Racing team and I. There are several factors contributing to the turnaround and one of them is that RCR, who we have a technical alliance with, is also performing better of late. We have the ability to look at what they’re doing and do the same things that they’re doing. It’s a good relationship from that standpoint. Harvick is the flagship of the organization so we need to continue to look at what they’re doing to get better. The rest of us are getting better, we’re just not necessarily making the jumps that the No. 29 is making. I felt like Darlington and Charlotte were good weeks. We didn’t get the results that we wanted but we had more speed than we had in the weeks prior to that.
Regan Smith · Friday May 11, 2012
Our weekend at Talladega certainly did not go well for the Furniture Row Racing Team. I’m not sure yet what specifically broke, I can just tell you that it was just a catastrophic failure. We didn’t get hot or anything crazy like that, not even in practice or at any point during the weekend. I really didn’t have any intentions of racing that hard because of the rule package but as it turned out, it didn’t matter. The guys have to look at the engine and won’t know the official cause for another week or two. There were a lot of parts coming out of it so they’ll be digging for awhile.
Restrictor plate racing is under the microscope once again after this most recent round. This overheating issue needs to be looked at, but it’s one of those situations where we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t.
Tony Lumbis · Friday March 2, 2012
It’s a new season and I’m happy to be writing to you again in 2012. I’m excited to get started after an eventful offseason which included getting married and going on our honeymoon. As you may remember back in November, the location, which was St. Lucia, was a secret. I ended up slipping a little bit to Megan but it was a surprise for the most part and we had a great time!
To say that Speedweeks in Daytona were eventful would be an understatement. For starters, we had a new rules package to deal with, which included smaller air openings and no driver to driver communication. I think the changes worked well from my perspective. The mission to break up the tandems was accomplished. Some guys weren’t overly thrilled with eliminating the communication between drivers but I really never liked that to begin with so I was perfectly fine with that. It felt more like an old school speedway race than the last few times we were there.
Regan Smith · Friday November 11, 2011
A lot has certainly happened in the world of racing since the last time I wrote in. First and foremost, I just want to express how terrible I feel for Dan Wheldon’s family, my thoughts are with them following that tragedy. Unfortunately, racing is a dangerous sport and one of the draws to motorsports in general is that there is a little bit of a danger element. We all know as race car drivers going into it that there is a possibility of something bad happening. The reality of the situation is that things can happen and unfortunately they did. The main thing we can do now is learn from what happened to Dan, and move forward to make all forms of motorsports possible, including stock cars.
Regan Smith · Thursday October 13, 2011
Fuel mileage seems to be the name of the game in 2011 and it played out again a few weeks ago in New Hampshire. We ran into the same scenario there back in the summer and it didn’t work out well for our Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. Fortunately, I was able to learn a lot from that experience and we had a much better result the second time around.
Regan Smith · Thursday September 15, 2011
This past weekend at Richmond was an emotional one for several reasons. First and foremost, it marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Like most people, I know exactly where I was that entire day, down to the moment I realized it was an actual attack. I can remember wondering when the third plane hit the Pentagon, exactly how far was this going to go? Were they going to start hitting buildings here in Charlotte? Is this going to go all the way across the coast? Fortunately, our government did a good job getting all the flights out of the air as quickly as they could. It was such a memorable day, one I hope this nation will never have to see again.
They certainly did a good job at Richmond commemorating that tragic day. In fact, I think one of the best things about NASCAR is how we honor this nation. We have the ability to run special paint schemes on cars and our sponsors will support running patriotic symbols instead of their company logo. Teams in other sports don’t have that luxury like we do in NASCAR. It was cool to see the support that so many companies gave as well as the NASCAR community as a whole to honor the day.
Tony Lumbis · Thursday August 11, 2011
The first thing that I want to mention this week is how happy I am for Paul Menard and his entire family. Indianapolis means a lot to them and I know just how much that Brickyard 400 victory meant. I was full of mixed emotions during the final laps of that race. We could see the win and the battle for the lead and could not be a part of it because of the fuel mileage situation. Still, it was really cool for both Paul and me to get our first wins this year, and in two of the four biggest races.
It definitely has been a popular year for first time winners. I think it’s a product of these new cars that everyone is trying to figure it out. The competition is so close week in and week out, that anyone can play the right strategy and get the right track position and it will work out really well. Once you get out in front, it’s a lot easier to stay there because of the aero package. Although that certainly isn’t the only reason why we’ve seen an influx of first timers. Sometimes, you just have years where this type of thing happens. The stars have aligned a little bit and I don’t think having several first time winners is a bad thing for our sport.
Tony Lumbis · Friday June 24, 2011
We’ve definitely experienced some bad luck this year, but this past week at Michigan we had one of our bigger heartbreaks of the season. First, we got into Dave Blaney on pit road which caused a fair amount of damage to our Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. It was just a matter of us taking two tires and getting back out quickly to keep our track position. Unfortunately, when you’re that early in the race, you have 43 cars all hitting pit road at the same time. We just made a mistake getting off of pit road and should’ve checked up. We had just about recovered when late in the race we had a different set of unfortunate circumstances. I made contact with another competitor and cut down a tire. Unfortunately, that ended our chances of salvaging a decent finish out of a roller coaster day.
The week before Michigan, we had another great qualifying run; in fact, we sat on the pole for most of the session until getting knocked off the top spot. While I was watching each driver take his qualifying laps following us, I kept wondering if someone was going to hit their marks perfectly and beat us. Even though we put up a solid time, I knew I had left a little time on the track, specifically in the tunnel turn so I knew it wouldn’t be impossible to beat us and sure enough, a few guys did.
Regan Smith · Thursday May 26, 2011
It certainly has been a really busy couple of weeks with all of the additional media obligations I’ve had since our big Southern 500 win. There have been a lot of events down here in North Carolina and I got to tour ESPN studios, which was really cool. That was something that I always wanted to have an opportunity to do and it was neat to get that experience. The studio was much bigger than I expected and it was quite eye-opening to learn about how much goes into the production of their shows.