Regan Smith has rookie of the year trophy, but no driving job for 2009

Winning the Sprint Cup rookie of the year award was a dream come true for Regan Smith. Being unemployed? That wasn't part of the plan, writes David Newton.

Updated: November 19, 2008, 11:55 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- As the video showing past Sprint Cup rookies of the year -- from four-time champion Jeff Gordon to two-time champion Tony Stewart to 2003 champion Matt Kenseth to Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin -- came to a conclusion, the commentator said, "Today's rookies, tomorrow's stars."

Sounds good, right?

Except when you don't know what tomorrow holds.

That is the case for 2008 rookie of the year Regan Smith, who was honored along with ...

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