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.
SPARTA, Ky. – A tire issue cost Garrett Smithley a couple of laps in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway, and the rookie driver finished 24th. Smithley was running well late in the race when a blown tire sent him to the pits.
“It was a good night for the KY FAME Chevrolet until we had the tire problem,” Smithley said. “We were running with most of the faster cars, and we still did after going to the pits. But losing laps like that knocks you down.”