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GSR TO SPONSOR DANNY HANSEN

Garrett Smithley announces a partnership with NASCAR iRacing Driver's World Championship (DWC) driver and friend, Danny Hansen. This will be Hansen's 2nd season in the top level iRacing oval series, which is sanctioned by NASCAR.

Garrett Smithley to Run Kentucky ARCA Race

Garrett Smithley will run his 3rd ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) race at Kentucky Speedway, September 20. The 21-year old is coming off a strong 14th-place showing in early August at Pocono International Raceway in only his second ARCA race. At Kentucky he will once again drive the #74 Chevrolet Impala SS, prepared and operated by Creation-Cope Racing (CCR) from Mooresville NC.

2013 Opportunities

Fresh off his successful mid-December ARCA test and driver certification at Daytona International Speedway, Garrett Smithley announces sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 racing season. Smithley recently partnered with Brian Keselowski Motorsports for the Daytona test and intends to compete in the opening ARCA race at Daytona in February. Read more below.

Garrett Strong at Nationals

Atlanta Motor Speedway—U.S. Legend Car International Driver Garrett Smithley journeyed to AMS for the highly competitive Semi-Pro division in the #43 car, assisted by long-time sponsors Peachtree City Golf Cars and Xelk Visual Communications. Despite being back on his home track on the flat ¼ mile Smithley was clearly an underdog to the first third of a 26 car field, many of which were well-funded, perennial powerhouse teams. -Read More Below-

Garrett Wins Shriner Bowl at Lanier

For the second year in a row, Garrett has won the Ice Cold Shriner Bowl at Lanier National Speedway. Garrett went in as the defending Semi Pro Champion and wasted little time taking the victory. Congratulations to the whole Mr. E Performance racing crew.

CCS Thanksgiving Classic

Garrett will be racing the CCS Thanksgiving Race on November 19th, 2011 at Orange County Speedway. This will be Garrett's first time at the speedway that provides side by side racing together with high speeds! Garrett looks to capitalize on momentum gained a few weeks ago at Caraway Speedway and launch to the top of the charts. More information at: OCSTrack.com

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July 23, 2014 Posted by rboost in News

SMITHLEY TO MAKE SHORT TRACK LATE MODEL DEBUT

photoGarrett Smithley will make his stock car short track debut this Friday at East Carolina Speedway in Robersonville, NC. Garrett Smithley Racing has partnered with BMR Motorsports in an effort to help grow the budding late model team.

Owner Gary Marchant had positive words about the partnership. “[We are] excited to have Garrett in my #76 car this weekend. We have worked hard and I hope I can give him the chance to race well and win.” He added, “We’ve had a couple different drivers come and run my car and I'm positive that Garrett will bring something additional to the table.”

Smithley will not be the only Garrett driving on the BMR Motorsports team this weekend. Garrett Marchant the grandson of Gary will be in the #77 car racing alongside Garrett Smithley. The young Marchant commented, “I think it's going to be super cool to have Smithley on board with me at BMR Motorsports. It's going to be a little confusing with us both having the same name, but all in all I'm looking forward to it. I've been running well this year, and I can only imagine that having him on board with me will improve my performance as much as it will help the #76 car. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help him succeed!"

Garrett Smithley has only one race under his belt this season, although it was a big one. He competed in the ARCA race in March at the 2.66 mile Talladega Super Speedway, where he drove to a solid 18th place finish. “It’s kind of funny going back to a short track after racing at some of the biggest oval tracks in the country, including Talladega and twice at Pocono International Raceway. I never had a chance to race a stock car on a short track before I raced in ARCA, only the Legend cars. I know it will take some adjustment, but I’m excited to race for Mr. Marchant and I hope to give them some great feedback.”

Garrett plans on racing several times with the team over the next two months, with details to come. Follow Garrett on Twitter and Facebook for updates on and off the track. @GarrettSmithley and Facebook.com/GarrettSmithleyRacing. Also www.GarrettSmithley.com

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May 6, 2014 Posted by rboost in News

PTC’s Garrett Smithley Races for Goodwill

Cracks Top 20 at Legendary Talladega Superspeedway

Kannapolis, NC (May 6, 2014) – Peachtree City native and NASCAR hopeful Garrett Smithley in his first ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) start of 2014 finished solidly in 18th place in his #11 Goodwill Ford Fusion at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 on Saturday, May 3. Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (Goodwill SR) teamed with Smithley to “drive” donations in the month of April to help fund career services for U.S. military veterans. The organization has nine career centers throughout West Georgia and East Alabama. In honor of Smithley’s performance at Talladega, Goodwill will continue to accept donations over the next two weeks which will also go to fund career services for military veterans.

In an uncharacteristically clean race, there was only a single caution flag involving a two-car crash during the 76 lap, 200 mile race on the 2.66 mile track, NASCAR’s biggest. Smithley remarked, “I was waiting for the “big one” (multi-car crash) that usually happens at the end of the race and it just never came. We were on pace for a Top 10top ten finish and in a great position to avoid the wreck and it just didn’t happen, but I’m happy for both Goodwill and car owner, Wes Gonder. We had a good finish and brought the car home with not even a scratch and the entire team was pleased with that!" Smithley was averaging 180 M.P.H. a lap on the 33 degree high-banked turns throughout the race. Leading up Prior to the race, Smithley greeted fans at three area Goodwill SR stores with his #11 car to help drive in donations. On race day, Goodwill guests journeyed to Talladega from the Columbus, GA headquarters to get an up-close and personal look at the #11 Goodwill Ford on pit road. All were treated to a post-race Kentucky Derby themed lunch presented by GSR and Chef Tina Miller of Lexington, Kentucky.

GSR Team Manager Andy Woolgar said, "I am very happy with the outcome of the Talladega race. Garrett performed impeccably both in and out of the car. Wes Gonder Racing ran a tight team, with a great looking car and no mistakes all weekend. I feel this result will help propel Garrett's career to the next level."

Talladega also gave GSR a great avenue to introduce its partners to the 2014 season! Garrett remarked, “Thanks to everyone who made it possible, Goodwill Southern Rivers, Zuma Films, Main Performance PC, Simpson Racing Products, Xelk Visual Communications, JDR Graphics, DJ Sting, King Of Chins Productions, Hastings Graphix, Racerboost Media Solutions, and Tigers Eye Racing.” GSR would also like to thank all of the fan and supporters who make this possible.

Garrett Smithley is a 2010 graduate of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City and is a lead instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, based at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Follow him on Facebook at Garrett Smithley Racing, his website; www.garrettsmithley.com and on Twitter @garrettSmithley.

About Garrett Smithley

Garrett Smithley is 22 years-old and has been behind the wheel of a race car since he was 15. He has raced in the Menards ARCA Racing Series twice at Pocono International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway and now at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition to racing professionally, Smithley is also a lead instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, based at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. He is a strong supporter of U.S. military veterans. His contributions include sending custom care packages to members of the armed forces and providing moral support through letters, e-mails and Skype to those serving overseas.

About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (Goodwill SR) is one of 165 independent community-based Goodwill nonprofits across the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Columbus, Ga., Goodwill SR serves 50 counties in West Georgia and East Alabama with free services such as job coaching, access to computers, and skills classes to facilitate job placement and advancement. These programs are made possible through your donations of gently used clothing and household goods that are sold at 13 Goodwill Retail Stores in Georgia and Alabama. For more information about Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, visit www.gwisr.org and Facebook.com/goodwillSR

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