SMITHLEY 29TH AT MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Garrett Smithley drove the Operating Engineers 324 Chevrolet to a 29th-place finish in Saturday’s Irish Hills 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

       The race was one of the tightest in the history of the series at MIS. Denny Hamlin finished first, edging William Byron by .012 of a second, the closest finish in an Xfinity event at MIS since the arrival of electronic scoring.

       Smithley came home three laps behind the lead group.

       “We were looking for a better finish today, but we had some good runs,” Smithley said. “I appreciate the support of the Operating Engineers Local. We’ll be better next time at MIS.”

       Elliott Sadler regained the series point lead.

       Iowa Speedway will host the next Xfinity race June 24.

SMITHLEY PARKS WITH ENGINE TROUBLE

LONG POND, Pa. – An engine problem sent Garrett Smithley to the garage with 15 laps remaining in Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway.

       Smithley finished 35th.

       “Tough luck with the engine,” Smithley said. “We were a handful of laps away from bringing it home. Just bad luck.”

       Smithley is 21st in Xfinity driver points.

       Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski won the race. Justin Allgaier moved past Elliott Sadler into the Xfinity point lead.

       Michigan International Speedway will host the next Xfinity race June 17.

NAILERS TEAM UP WITH GARRETT SMITHLEY FOR POCONO GREEN 250

NAILERS TEAM UP WITH GARRETT SMITHLEY FOR POCONO GREEN 250

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are teaming up with NASCAR race car driver Garrett Smithley during Saturday's Pocono Green 250.

Smithley, 25, is a native of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Garrett drives the number zero car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, which in hockey terms, is equivalent to the American Hockey League. Saturday's Pocono Green 250 will take place at Pocono Raceway, which is less than 30 miles away from Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza - the home of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The race will be aired nationally on FOX, starting at 1:00. Smithley races for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller. Look for the Nailers logo on the side of Smithley's car.

"I'm very excited about representing the Nailers this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series," said Smithley. "Being a Pittsburgh native, I'm a big Pittsburgh sports fan, so naturally I thought it was pretty cool to work with the Nailers, especially given the Penguins run in the Stanley Cup Finals. I think it's a great way for some cross promotion in NASCAR and hockey, and I hope we have the opportunity to continue a relationship past this race!"

In addition to Saturday's race with Garrett Smithley, the Nailers have two other connections in the racing world. Tim Hall, who was a member of the 2015-16 team, is now in the Hendrick Motor Sports Pit Crew Development program. Also, three-year Nailer Adam Krause's wife's cousin, Chais Eliason, is an engineer with seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson's team.

 

SMITHLEY 27TH AT DIS

DOVER, Del. – A track-bar problem left Garrett Smithley with a 27th-place finish in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.

       Smithley parked the Heroes Haven Chevrolet after completing 176 of the race’s 200 laps.

       “We were moving up through the pack but couldn’t get to the finish,” Smithley said. “Had a pretty strong car and ran with some of the faster cars. We’ll move on from here and look for a better result at Pocono.”

       Smithley gained a spot in driver points to 20th.

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

       The series next races at Pocono Raceway June 10.

SMITHLEY BACK AT DOVER

DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway is fast and furious and has earned its nickname of the Monster Mile.

       Garrett Smithley will race at DIS for the third time in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 Xfinity Series event.

       “Dover is always a fun track,” Smithley said. “The lap times there are so short that you feel like you’re in turn three by the time you leave turn one. You have to be on your toes.”

       Smithley, who will drive the No. 0 Heroes Haven Chevy Saturday, is 21st in Xfinity driver points entering the 11th race of the season.

       Practice is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday at Dover. Qualifying is set for 10:05 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 1 p.m.

HEROES HAVEN WILL PARTNER AGAIN WITH JD MOTORSPORTS AT DOVER

HEROES HAVEN WILL PARTNER AGAIN WITH JD MOTORSPORTS AT DOVER

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Heroes Haven will partner again for the eighth consecutive race with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller at Dover International Speedway this weekend.

         JD Motorsports will carry the Heroes Haven colors on its No. 0 Chevrolet with driver Garrett Smithley, courtesy of Ken and Tracy Adams, in Saturday’s One Main 200 Xfinity Series race at the Dover track.

         Heroes Haven works with American military members to honor and support those who have sacrificed so much for their country. At Dover, a military member will be the team’s special guest and will be designated as an honorary crew member, sitting on the team’s pit box and sharing the race day in a special way.

         “It’s the least we can do for these people who have done so much for us,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “We enjoy working with the Heroes Haven folks at Dover. They do very good work, and it’s an honor for us to be involved with them.”

         Smithley is a veteran in the Xfinity Series. He sits 21st in series points enteringSaturday’s race.

SMITHLEY SCORES 24TH AT CMS

CONCORD, N.C. – Garrett Smithley advanced solidly through the field and finished 24th in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

       Smithley started 34th on the grid in the adapt 2k Chevrolet but was strong from the race’s beginning. He raced along in mid-pack and then finished 24th on the lead lap.

       “We didn’t have a good starting spot, but the car got better as we went along,” Smithley said. “We hung in there and stayed out of trouble and got a pretty good finish out of it.”

       Ten races into the season, Smithley is 21st in Xfinity driver points.

       Ryan Blaney won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the series point lead.

       Dover International Speedway hosts the next Xfinity race June 3.

SMITHLEY RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE

 CONCORD, N.C. – After scoring a solid finish in the last Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The series has had two weeks off since Smithley rolled home 21st at Talladega.

“This will be my third Xfinity race at Charlotte, and I feel like I know the track well,” Smithley said. “There have been changes, though, so we’ll see how it goes.”

After last week’s Monster Energy All-Star Race at CMS, track officials decided to add a sticky resin to the upper groove of the speedway, thus, in theory, making that part of the track more attractive to drivers and enhancing the possibility of side-by-side racing.

Smithley is 21st in Xfinity driver points entering the 300-miler.

Practice is scheduled at CMS at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (ET) Thursday. Friday is an off day, with qualifying set for 10:05 a.m. Saturday and the race for 1 p.m.

SMITHLEY IN SECOND START AT TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Garrett Smithley will race for the second time at Talladega Superspeedway, one of the world’s biggest and fastest race tracks, in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity Series race.
Based on Smithley’s first start at the 2.66-mile track, there is reason for optimism. In his rookie season last year, Smithley finished 12th in the lead draft, scoring one of his best runs of 2016.
“I thoroughly enjoyed that race,” Smithley said. “Talladega is the sort of track where everybody is pretty much equal, so you can run up front and have some fun. I’m looking forward to running there again.”
Smithley is 21st in Xfinity Series driver points entering Saturday’s race.
Practice is scheduled at Talladega at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 1 p.m.

SMITHLEY 29th IN TOYOTACARE 250

SMITHLEY 29th IN TOYOTACARE 250

RICHMOND, Va. – Garrett Smithley, who started from the back of the pack, advanced through the field to finish 29th in Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Smithley finished three laps off the lead pace.
“We had to come a long way from the back, and that made it tough,” Smithley said. “It proves how much starting close to the front can mean. Had a pretty good car for a tough track, though.”
Smithley is 21st in Xfinity driver points.
Cup driver Kyle Larson won the race in overtime. Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.
The series moves on to Talladega Superspeedway May 6.

Smithley set for RIR

RICHMOND, Va. – Garrett Smithley hopes to get back on track this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
After two straight finishes in the 30s, Smithley is gunning for a rebound in Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 Xfinity Series race at RIR.
“We’ve had a tough couple of weeks,” Smithley said. “Richmond can be the place we make a jump. I’ve run there twice in these cars, so I know the track pretty well. We’ll rebound this week.”
Smithley, driving for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, is 20th in Xfinity driver points entering the race.
Practice is scheduled at RIR at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:05 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 1 p.m.

SMITHLEY PARKED BY ACCIDENT

SMITHLEY PARKED BY ACCIDENT

BRISTOL, Tenn. – An accident in the race’s closing laps resulted in Garrett Smithley finishing 34th in Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Smithley collided with the car of Darrell Wallace Jr., bringing out the seventh caution flag of the afternoon on lap 262 of 300.
“It was a tough way to end the day,” Smithley said. “You don’t want to leave this track with a crumpled race car. We’ll be back at Richmond next week.”
Erik Jones scored the race win.
The series moves on to Richmond International Raceway for an April 29 event.

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.