Smith, Furniture Row Racing looking to build on successful 2011

CONCORD, N.C. (release) -- Furniture Row Racing driver and 2011 Southern 500 winner Regan Smith met with media during a lunch visit to the Furniture Row outlet in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

To start the session Smith reflected on the Denver-based team’s first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

“We sat here last year talking to everyone and I said I felt like this team could win a race,” said Smith. “Some of you agreed with me and some of you looked at me like I had a third eye. But, at the end of day, I truly believed that. My win at Darlington helped elevate everyone’s confidence and we will continue to build on that success in 2012.”

Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser said he would also like to see the No. 78 Chevrolet revisit victory lane.

“I can’t imagine not being involved with this sport after being a part of it,” said Visser. “I want to stay in it. I don’t want multiple teams. I want one team that wins.”

Furniture Row Racing also announced several new associate sponsors that will join the team in 2012, including CSX Transportation and its railroad crossing and pedestrian safety campaign, as well as Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. The team will also continue to get factory support from Chevrolet.

Competition Director Mark McArdle outlined Furniture Row Racing’s goals for 2012.

“Finishing in the top-20 in points is something we need to hold ourselves accountable to in 2012,” said McArdle. “We have the speed; we just need to find the consistency.”

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