DOVER, Del. – Garrett Smithley finished 26th Sunday in the Drive Sober 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Smithley, driving the Heroes Haven Chevrolet, started 33rd and moved into the 20s quickly, racing there much of the day.
“Dover is a fast track, and you have to pay attention to where you are and what’s going on around you at every moment,” Smithley said. “We made some gains during the day, but we couldn’t crack the top 20. We’ll be better here the next time around.”
NEWTON, Iowa – Garrett Smithley is looking to improve on his 22nd-place finish earlier this year at Iowa Speedway when the Xfinity Series returns to the track for Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250.
Saturday’s race will be Smithley’s second at the seven-eighths-mile track.
“I’m surprisingly looking forward to going back to Iowa,” Smithley said. “We did have a good finish when we raced there last month, but I didn’t feel like I was very fast. Danny Gill (crew chief) and the team have made some really good improvements to our short-track car, plus this is the first race of the season I get to race on a track we have already been to, so I’m looking for us to better our previous finish.”
LOUDON, N.H. – Garrett Smithley will be driving competitively at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time in Saturday’s AutoLotto 200 Xfinity Series race. Smithley does have laps on the flat, one-mile track. He has worked with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at NHMS. Plus, he’ll have the advice of teammate Ryan Preece, a veteran of Loudon, to fall back on.