Having missed practice due to a late arrival at the track by his team the 22 year old went straight into qualifying a car with a lot of unknown's about handling and performance, and just 2 laps to try and make the field in a decent position. "I hadn't seen the car since the fire we experienced 2 weeks ago, and the BMR Team had worked since then to get it here on time. I'm pleased they did. There were a few things we had to work on after qualifying but in all, team owner Gary Marchant gave me a very good race car" commented Smithley.
In front of a big crowd and starting from 14th in feature race 1 Smithley endured some rear end damage on the opening lap but fought hard to maintain position and after a few laps in, began to move up through the field. He and team mate Garrett Marchant in the #77 Chevy fought hard for several laps but once Smithley edged ahead he never looked back, cruising to a 9th place finish.
Feature race 2 saw him starting his Enlyten Chevy from 9th position. Having conserved his tires from race 1 he found he had a very competitive car, and once again began to scythe through the field, catching and again passing the #77 of Marchant who later blew his engine, the result of which was a full course yellow to clean up the ensuing oil slick. On the restart Smithley drove his heart out, fighting for position with the top line cars to eventually cross the line with an excellent 6th place finish.
"I was pleased to come away with 2 solid finishes this weekend for Enlyten and my other partners for this race, Veho UK. We proved we could be competitive in a car that was barely set up leading into these important races and it did a lot for my confidence to know we were closer to the front than we have been in previous races. I was so pleased to have the 'Enlyten advantage' in these 2 very hard races which were run back to back. With only a short break in between I took an Enlyten FocusEnergy strip and that helped put me in the right mindset for the second crucial race. For that alone I want to thank Enlyten for their continued support, to Veho UK for helping us with their great MUVI-K Series camcorders, to Enduring Gratitude, Creaxion Marketing, High Point University and most importantly to my fans and friends who support me in my career.
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