Regan Smith, who filled in for the injured Aric Almirola at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will once again pilot the #43 Smithfield Ford this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Smith drove to a fourth-place finish in the Monster Energy Open and raced as high as 12th before finishing 22nd in the Coca-Cola 600. Smith will work to tame the Monster Mile this weekend in his 12th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
Smith knows his way to Victory Lane at Dover. He scored a win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 2015. He also has two Top-Five and five Top-10 finishes in the series at the mile track in 13 starts. In his 12 Monster Energy Series starts, he has a best start of 11th and finish of 17th.
Richard Petty will celebrate his 80th birthday with fans at Dover on Sunday. Riki Rachtman and Mike Bagley will host the Q&A (Sunday, June 4, 9:50 a.m. at the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza) in celebration of #KINGs80th. Petty will also receive a special, custom birthday cake made to replicate the same 1969 Ford that he drove to victory lane in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, the "Mason-Dixon 300" on July 6, 1969.
Just before the green flag waves on Sunday's "AAA 400 Drive for Autism", Petty will drive a street-ready, #43 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird tribute car around the track as part of the pre-race ceremonies.
"I keep saying it, but I'm honored to drive the #43 Ford for Richard (Petty) and his team. I think we learned a lot at Charlotte and work together well. I'm looking forward to this weekend. I really like Dover. My last win in NASCAR was at Dover, so I'm really looking forward to getting back there in the Monster Energy Series this weekend. The #43 team has some good runs at Dover in the last few years, so hopefully, we can tame the Monster and get a solid finish."
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