C.W. Smith (racing driver)
|C. W. Smith|
October 28, 1947 |
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|7 race(s) run over 4 year(s)|
|Best finish||86th - 2002 (Busch Series)|
|First race||2001 Subway 300 (Talladega)|
|Last race||2005 Winn-Dixie 250 (Daytona)|
|Statistics current as of July 17, 2011.|
C.W. "Skip" Smith (born October 10, 1947 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), is a former NASCAR driver and Pennsylvania state trooper who previously ran 7 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and 21 ARCA Racing Series races between 1996 and 2005.
ARCA Racing Series career
Smith drove in 21 ARCA Racing Series races from 1996 to 2004 in his self-owned #67 Chevrolet. Never running more than four races in one season, Smith finished as high as 66th in points (in 1996) and failed to qualify just once in his 22 attempts. He finished his ARCA career following 2004, having run on just three different tracks (Daytona, Talladega, and his native Pocono), posting six top-tens (with a best finish of 6th), and nine DNFs in 21 career races.
NASCAR Busch Series career
Smith took his ARCA team up to the NASCAR Busch Series beginning in 1999. Along with Daytona and Talladega (Pocono not being on the schedule), he would also attempt races at Rockingham and Michigan. He would attempt 15 races between 1999 and 2005, making the field seven of those times.
He is perhaps best known for his performance in the 2002 Aaron's 312 at Talladega. Making it through The Big One on lap 15 that took out 27 cars, Smith was running in the top 10 for most of the race until overheating issues ended his day on lap 75 of 117. Despite the DNF, Smith would still finish the race in 13th, his best finish in the series.
Smith would retire following the 2005 season, ending his career with two top-15 finishes and six DNFs.