When Regan Smith was down on his luck in NASCAR and searching for a ride, Furniture Row Racing picked him up and gave him an opportunity.
So just because he's won a Sprint Cup Series race now, Smith said it can't just be assumed he'll ditch Furniture Row to go chase after the money that a bigger team could offer.
"I think there's something to be said about loyalty," Smith said Friday. "Maybe that doesn't stick around all the time in this sport, but I'm perfectly happy where I'm at."
Smith said when he first sat down with Furniture Row Racing executives, they agreed to "build something together." And now that the team has shown it can win races – Smith was the upset winner in the Southern 500 at Darlington – the driver said he's even more committed.
"We've all got a lot of time and effort put into it," Smith said. "They've certainly stuck behind me, even when we were having some struggles. And vice versa – if we were in a situation where were breaking some parts or whatever, I'd know I was 100 percent behind them. So I've got a lot personally invested into Denver and into the team."
The driver, a current Charlotte resident and native of upstate New York, is even building a house in the Colorado foothills. Take that as another indication Smith is happy with his current situation.
"I'm sure stuff will be said and things will be out there, but I've only got one win and one top five," he said. "I want to concentrate on getting more of 'em and being consistently up front. To me, that's the most important thing right now."