BRISTOL, Tenn. – Garrett Smithley had driven on the Bristol Motor Speedway surface prior to Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, but never in competition.
His Xfinity Series debut Saturday resulted in a 29th-place finish after he started 30th.
Smithley finished 15th in a 50-lap heat race that was held before the 200-lap main event to set the grid for the feature.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rookie Garrett Smithley will drive at the tough Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile for the first time in Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Xfinity Series race.
The 300-lap event will be the first short-track race of the Xfinity season, and it will be an unusual one.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Prior to Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series race, Garrett Smithley’s only experience at Texas Motor Speedway had been as a driver for the Richard Petty Driving Experience fan program.
On Friday, Smithley went a lot faster – and he ran a lot longer.
Smithley finished a solid 23rd in his TMS debut, driving the 3rd Gen Automotive Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.