Chandler Smith

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Chandler Smith
ChandlerSmith2019MadisonARCA.jpg
Smith in 2019
Born (2002-06-26) June 26, 2002 (age 18)
Talking Rock, Georgia
Achievements2013 Bandoleros National Champion
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
22 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 18 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2020 position19th
Best finish19th (2020)
First race2019 M&M's 200 (Iowa)
Last race2021 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 11 0
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2019 position46th
Best finish46th (2019)
First race2019 Total Quartz 200 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
ARCA Menards Series career
Debut season2018
Current teamVenturini Motorsports
Years active2018–present
Car number20
EngineToyota
Crew chiefBilly Venturini
Starts33
Championships0
Wins9
Poles10
Best finish9th in 2020
Finished last season9th
Previous series
2016–2018CARS Super Late Model Tour
Last updated on: April 17, 2021.

Chandler Smith (born June 26, 2002) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. A member of Toyota Racing Development's driver development program, Smith raced in the ARCA Menards Series before moving up to the Truck Series in 2021.

Racing career[edit]

Smith next to his ARCA car before the race at Madison in 2018, which would be his first win in the series
Smith in victory lane at Madison in 2018 after winning for the first time in ARCA
Smith beside his car before the Madison race in 2019, which he would also win

In 2013, Smith won the bandoleros national championship after two wins at Atlanta, one at Charlotte and one at Bethel Motor Speedway.[1] In his ARCA Racing Series debut, Smith won the pole after qualifying was rained out at Nashville. He led 51 laps and finished 5th in his ARCA debut. In his fourth ARCA Series start, Smith dominated at Madison International Speedway and won his first race after leading the most laps.

On September 15, 2018, Smith dominated at Salem Speedway, leading nearly every lap to win his second race.

On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Smith would return to Venturini Motorsports for the 2019 season for 11 races. Smith will run mostly short track events due to age restrictions.[2]

On February 21, 2019, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Smith would run a four-race NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule in the team's Nos. 46 and 51 Toyota Tundras.[3] In just his first truck series start at Iowa, he would capture the pole after qualifying would be rained out with the starting order based on owner's points. Smith would lead the initial 55 laps and finished 8th in the race.

Smith would return to Venturini part-time in the No. 20 for the third year in a row in 2020, with him in the car for 13 races while Ryan Repko would join the team that year to drive it in most of the races at the larger tracks such as Daytona where Smith was not able to compete at due to being under 18.[4] Ten of Smith's races that year were part of the brand new Sioux Chief Showdown, which put him in contention to win that separate championship within the ARCA Series.

On March 3, 2020, Smith was announced to return to KBM part-time in the Truck Series for the 2020 season. His original schedule included eight races, all in the No. 51, which were at Richmond, Dover, Michigan, Gateway, Bristol, Las Vegas, Talladega, and the season finale at Phoenix.[5] His schedule was shuffled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; at Texas in November, Smith spun and criticized Tanner Gray for the lack of an ability to drive straight; Smith was later blamed by Ben Rhodes for a last-lap incident, although Smith never publicly accepted blame.[6]

Smith was promoted to a full-time Truck Series schedule for 2021, driving the No. 18 for KBM.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Smith attended Pickens High School in the class of 2020.[8]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2019 Kyle Busch Motorsports 51 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW
8
BRI
2
MSP LVS TAL MAR 24th 171 [9]
46 GTW
4
CHI KEN POC ELD MCH PHO
3
HOM
2020 51 DAY LVS CLT ATL HOM POC KEN
22
TEX KAN KAN MCH
38
DAY DOV
20
GTW
23
DAR
23
RCH
12
BRI
5
LVS
5
TAL
3
KAN
5
TEX
21
MAR PHO
3
19th 312 [10]
2021 18 DAY
9*
DAY
12
LVS
19
ATL
35
BRI
34
RCH
4
KAN DAR COA CLT TEX NSH POC KNX GLN GTW MSP BRI LVS TAL MAR PHO -* -* [11]

Pinty's Series[edit]

NASCAR Pinty's Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NPSC Pts Ref
2019 22 Racing 26 Chevy MSP JUK ACD TOR SAS SAS EIR CTR RIS MSP
23
ASE NHA JUK 46th 21 [12]

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2018 Venturini Motorsports 20 Toyota DAY NSH
5
SLM
10*
TAL TOL
4*
CLT POC MCH IOW
2
ELK
6*
POC ISF BLN
7
DSF SLM
1*
IRP
3
KAN 14th 1995 [13]
15 MAD
1*
GTW CHI
2019 20 DAY FIF
4
SLM
4
TAL NSH
3
TOL
1*
CLT POC MCH MAD
1*
GTW
16
CHI ELK
1*
IOW
1*
POC
8
ISF DSF SLM
8
IRP
1
KAN 11th 2420 [14]
2020 DAY PHO
1
TAL POC
2
IRP
1*
KEN IOW
4
KAN TOL
11*
TOL
2
MCH DAY
9
GTW
2
L44
8
TOL
2
BRI
23
WIN MEM
5
ISF KAN
13
9th 506 [15]

ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

ARCA Menards Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 AMSEC Pts Ref
2020 Venturini Motorsports 20 Toyota NSM TOL DOV TOL
2
BRI
23
FIF 21st 64 [16]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chandler Smith, Bando Nationals Champion, Surprise Party". www.knowpickens.com. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Krall, Charles. "Chandler Smith Re-Signs for 11 Races with Venturini Motorsports in 2019". arcaracing.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "TRD driver Chandler Smith to compete in four NGOTS races for KBM in 2019". Kyle Busch Motorsports. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Kristl, Mark (December 20, 2019). "Chandler Smith to run 13 ARCA races, Ryan Repko to run 5". Frontstretch. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Chandler Smith to compete in eight races in the No. 51 JBL Tundra". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. March 3, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Cheek, Adam (October 25, 2020). "'KBM Trucks Run Over Everybody': Ben Rhodes Among Drivers Angry As Wrecks Mar Texas Truck Race". Frontstretch. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Utter, Jim (December 7, 2020). "Chandler Smith to compete for 2021 NASCAR Truck title with KBM". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Henry, Devon (March 9, 2020). "Balancing Life, School, and Professional Race Car Driving". Sports360AZ.com. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2019 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2018 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Driver Chandler Smith 2019 ARCA Menards Series results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2020 ARCA Menards Series results". Racing Reference. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "Chandler Smith– 2020 ARCA Menards Series East results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2020.

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