With Joe Nemechek having left the team at the end of 2008, Furniture Row Racing has revealed the signing of reigning Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Regan Smith for the 2009 campaign.

Smith will drive the #78 Chevrolet Impala in the team's part schedule, which will take in twelve events starting with the Daytona 500 next month.

The 25-year-old took part in 34 Cup events last year with Dale Earnhardt Inc. having been a part-time driver for Ginn Racing in 2007 and came close to winning at Talladega before he was penalised for passing below the yellow line and was dropped to 18th place.

Despite moving to a single-car team from the larger DEI operation, Smith said he was excited for the season ahead and was keen to try and impress again on track.

"I look forward to continuing my career in the #78 Furniture Row Chevy," he said. "Though it's a single-car team that battles heavy odds against the mega multicar operations, the organisation has always been highly respected in the garage for its use of some of the best equipment as well as an undying commitment to growing a winning team. That's all a driver can ask for and I can't wait to get to Daytona and compete in another superspeedway race."

Team manager Joe Garone said the squad was delighted to bring in Smith for the new campaign and was confident he would be a good fit for 2009.

"Furniture Row Racing is thrilled to obtain the driving services of Regan, who is one of the bright young talents in NASCAR," he said. "His competitiveness and enthusiasm on the track speak for itself. In addition, he is a good fit for not only our sponsor but any partners looking for strong corporate representation in the Sprint Cup Series."



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