SMITHLEY FINISHES 30th AT TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – Garrett Smithley finished 30th in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Smithley spun in turn two on the race’s 84th lap, bringing out the fifth caution of the day.
“It wasn’t the finish we wanted,” said Smithley, who drove the Flex Seal Chevy. “The track was tough this first time out on the new surface. We’ll have a better shot at it next time.”
The track was resurfaced and reconfigured prior to this weekend’s racing.
Erik Jones won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.
The series next races April 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

SMITHLEY LOOKS FOR MORE AT TEXAS

FORT WORTH, Texas – Over the past two races, Garrett Smithley has gained two positions – to 15th — in Xfinity Series driver points.
Smithley will be looking for more in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, where he’ll drive the Flex Seal Chevrolet.
The race will be the first on the Texas track’s newly repaved and reconfigured surface. The entire 1.5 miles has been repaved, and the track has cut the banking in turns one and two from 24 degrees to 20, making the track imbalanced from one side to the other.
“It will take a new approach,” said Smithley, who has raced at TMS twice. “The new surface is going to be tough to figure out, and everybody will be searching for the best groove. Since our series will be the first to race on the surface, it’s going to be an experiment of sorts.”
Practices at TMS will be particularly important. Sessions are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:35 a.m., with the race to follow at 1:30 p.m.

SMITHLEY FINISHES 26th AT FONTANA

SMITHLEY FINISHES 26th AT FONTANA

 

FONTANA, Calif. – Garrett Smithley, racing for only the second time at Auto Club Speedway, scored a 26th-place finish in Saturday’s Service King 300 Xfinity Series race.

Smithley qualified 30th and stayed with the main pack much of the day, finishing the race on the lead lap.

He moved from 16th to 15th in Xfinity points.

“Not a bad day for us,” Smithley said. “I was looking at getting a higher finish, but all things considered it worked out pretty well, and we brought the car home.”

Kyle Larson won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.

Texas Motor Speedway will host the next Xfinity race April 8.

SMITHLEY RETURNS TO FONTANA

SMITHLEY RETURNS TO FONTANA

FONTANA, Calif. – Garrett Smithley will race at Auto Club Speedway for the second time in Saturday’s NXS 300 Xfinity Series race.
Smithley debuted at the tough two-mile track in his rookie season last year, finishing 23rd.
“It’s good to have a race under my belt there,” Smithley said. “It’s not really a hard track to drive, but the surface is really racey, and every lap you can get in is good for future runs. I feel good about what we can do this time.”
Smithley is 16th in Xfinity driver points entering the race.
Practice at Auto Club is scheduled at 3 and 5 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 4 p.m.

SMITHLEY COLLECTS 24TH AT PIR

SMITHLEY COLLECTS 24TH AT PIR

AVONDALE, Ariz. – On a very hot afternoon when the desert sun baked the field, Garrett Smithley held on for a 24th-place finish in Saturday’s DC Solar 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Smithley qualified 23rd and raced in mid-pack, finishing on the lead lap.
“A tough day out there,” Smithley said. “It was punishing on the cars, but we managed to hold things together and get a decent finish.”
The three JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers finished in a row – Ross Chastain 22nd, Harrison Rhodes 23rd and Smithley 24th.
Justin Allgaier won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.
Auto Club Speedway will host the next Xfinity race March 25.

SMITHLEY SET FOR PIR

SMITHLEY SET FOR PIR

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Garrett Smithley is ready to shoot for the top 10 again.
Smithley will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s DC Solar 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Smithley finished eighth in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway and followed that run with finishes in the 20s at Atlanta and Las Vegas.
“We want to kick our program in gear again at Phoenix,” Smithley said. “Daytona was a nice run to get things off to a great start. Now we need some good runs at the shorter tracks.”
Three races into the season, Smithley is 17th in Xfinity driver points.
Practice is scheduled at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 1:05 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 4 p.m.

SMITHLEY COLLECTS 29th AT LVMS

SMITHLEY COLLECTS 29th AT LVMS

LAS VEGAS – Garrett Smithley finished 29th Saturday in the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Smithley started 34th and raced in mid-pack most of the afternoon.
Over the next two weeks, he and other Xfinity drivers will continue the series’ Western swing, racing at Phoenix and Fontana, Calif.
“We wanted a better start out West, but we’ll take this and move on,” Smithley said. “Vegas demands really fast speeds, and you can fall behind here quickly. But we logged a bunch of laps and will have a better shot here next time.”
Smithley is 17th in Xfinity driver points.
Joey Logano won the race, leading 106 laps.
The Phoenix race is next on the Xfinity schedule – March 18.

SMITHLEY 27TH AT AMS

SMITHLEY 27TH AT AMS

HAMPTON, Ga. – Georgia resident Garrett Smithley finished 27th Saturday in the Rinnai 250, the second race of the Xfinity Series season.
Smithley started 29th in the Atlanta Motor Speedway event and ran mid-pack all afternoon.
“The car was pretty solid today,” said Smithley, who finished eighth in the series’ season-opener at Daytona. “The track here eats tires pretty quickly and cuts into lap times, but we were able to get some good runs in.”
Two races into the season, Smithley is 11th in Xfinity driver points.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup invader Kyle Busch won the race.
The series moves on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a March 11 race.

SMITHLEY ROLLS ‘HOME’ TO ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. – Fresh from a sensational season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Garrett Smithley roars into Race Two Saturday with a push of momentum.

Smithley, in his second season in the Xfinity Series, finished eighth last week at Daytona, marking his career-best run.

He’ll drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Smithley is from nearby Peachtree City, Ga.

“I hope we can keep it rolling from the great Daytona start,” said Smithley, a Georgia native. “Atlanta is one of our fastest tracks, and it’s pretty much home for me. I’m sure the JD Motorsports guys will have a great car for us there.”

Smithley has raced three times at AMS – once in Xfinity and twice in the Camping World Truck Series.

Practice is scheduled at AMS at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 9:15 a.m.Saturday, with the race to follow at 2 p.m.

SMITHLEY RUNS WILD IN DAYTONA

SMITHLEY RUNS WILD IN DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Garrett Smithley survived a wild Xfinity Series season opener Saturday and scored the best finish of his career.

 

Smithley finished eighth in the Flex Shot Chevrolet in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway despite being involved in two multi-car accidents. “What a great start to the season,” Smithley said. “We were able to bounce back from being in a couple of wrecks and get a great finish. The guys did a really good job.”

 

The wreck-happy race was red-flagged twice. Smithley was swept into a 20-car wreck on lap 24 and into a 16-car crash on lap 105. Team owner Johnny Davis was excited about Smithley’s finish and an overall great day for his three-car team. Harrison Rhodes finished 10th, and Ross Chastain was 16th.

“I think we were the only three-car team that had three still running, but I owe it all to God for watching over these boys and to the hard work and underpaid workers that believe in our goal to beat the best,” Davis said. Ryan Reed won Saturday’s race, his second series victory.

  

The circuit moves on to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a March 4 race

SMITHLEY RUNS WILD IN DAYTONA

SMITHLEY SET FOR SEASON TWO SMITHLEY SET FOR SEASON TWO

SMITHLEY SET FOR SEASON TWO SMITHLEY SET FOR SEASON TWO

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No longer a rookie, Garrett Smithley will tackle Daytona International Speedway Saturday in the first race of his sophomore season.
Smithley will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Flex Shot No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s PowerShares QQQ 300. Kettelle Roofing will be the associate sponsor.
Smithley finished 18th in Xfinity Series points last season in his rookie year.
“I can’t wait to get back at it,” Smithley said. “I learned a bunch last season driving at many of these tracks for the first time. We’ll start the year from a much better position this time.”
The Xfinity Series takes on a new look this year with each race scheduled to be run in segments. Daytona will be run in segments that will end at 30, 60 and 120 laps. Playoff points will be awarded to the leaders at the end of each segment.
Practice is scheduled at noon and 2 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3:30 p.m.

CHASTAIN, SMITHLEY, RHODES SET TO RACE JD MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLETS THIS YEAR

CHASTAIN, SMITHLEY, RHODES SET TO RACE JD MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLETS THIS YEAR

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Veteran NASCAR team owner Johnny Davis will attack the 2017 Xfinity Series schedule with a young but experienced group of drivers.
Davis, owner of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, one of the NASCAR garage’s most established teams, announced Tuesday that Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley and Harrison Rhodes will drive the team’s Chevrolets in NASCAR’s No. 2 series this season.
Chastain, 24, returns to JD Motorsports for a third straight season, while Smithley, also 24, is back with the team after his rookie year last season. Rhodes, 23, drove for JD Motorsports in 2015 and is returning for another full-season run this year.
“We feel like we have a great young group of drivers who will give us a three-way shot at doing well this season,” Davis said. “We know what all of these guys can do, and all of them have run a lot of laps with us. So we won’t be starting over. It’s more like a continuation of where we’ve been headed.”
Chastain, a solid driver who rarely makes mistakes, finished 16th in Xfinity driver points last season. The Alva, Fla. driver scored 17 top-20 runs, including a top seasonal finish of 11th – at Daytona International Speedway.
Smithley, from Peachtree City, Ga., had a series of strong runs in his rookie season, finishing 18th in driver points despite missing the season-opener. He had eight top-20 runs, with a top finish of 12th at Talladega Superspeedway.
Rhodes, who lives in High Point, N.C., ran most of the 2015 season with JD Motorsports and scored one top-10 run in 28 races.
“It’s good to be back with Johnny and his guys,” Rhodes said. “I feel like we built something pretty good here in 2015, and I’m anxious to get going again.”
The new Xfinity season, scheduled to start Feb. 25 with the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway, will present entirely new challenges as NASCAR has changed race formats to three segments. Points will be awarded to lead cars at the end of each segment, with accumulated points also figuring into the totals that will determine playoff teams.
“It’s going to be a different kind of season,” Davis said. “The changes are going to make it interesting for our team. I think it will give us opportunities to show our strengths and to surprise some folks. I’m looking forward to getting on the road later this month.”

SMITHLEY 29th IN SEASON FINALE

SMITHLEY 29th IN SEASON FINALE

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Garrett Smithley closed his rookie season in the Xfinity Series with a 29th-place finish in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Smithley qualified 28th and raced in the 20s most of the afternoon in the 33rd and final race of the season.
Smithley finished the year 18th in Xfinity points after a season in which he raced at many tracks for the first time.
“You always want to do better, but it was a pretty good year for us,” Smithley said. “I got my feet wet at a lot of tracks I had only heard or read about, so that’s a good thing for the future. I appreciate all the work the guys on the team put into this year.”
Daniel Suarez won the race and the series championship.

SMITHLEY ENDS ROOKIE SEASON

SMITHLEY ENDS ROOKIE SEASON

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Garrett Smithley will close out his rookie season in the Xfinity Series in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Smithley has scored eight top-20 runs in a season in which he raced on many of the Xfinity tracks for the first time. He enters Saturday’s race 18th in Xfinity points – in front of three drivers who have run the entire schedule (Smithley missed the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway).
“I feel like we’ve had a good season,” Smithley said. “We’ve brought good cars to the track, and we learned a bunch. Now we want to end the year in a big way Saturday.”
Smithley has raced twice at the Homestead track.
The Xfinity Series champion will be determined in Saturday’s race.
Practice is scheduled at 2 and 5 p.m. (ET) Friday, with qualifying set for 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The race will get the green flag at 3:30 p.m.