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Smith to drive No. 78 for Hendrick

Updated: January 14, 2009, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Regan Smith, last year's top rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, will drive for Furniture Row Racing in 2009.

Smith will drive the No. 78 Chevrolet beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500. The team announced late last year it will only run a partial schedule in 2009 because of the economic crisis, and currently has just 12 races planned.

"Furniture Row Racing is thrilled to obtain the driving services of Regan, who is one of the bright young talents in NASCAR," team president ...

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