Chandler Smith

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Chandler Smith
ChandlerSmith2019MadisonARCA.jpg
Born (2002-06-26) June 26, 2002 (age 20)
Talking Rock, Georgia
Achievements2021 Snowball Derby Winner
2018 SpeedFest 200 Winner
2013 INEX Bandolero Bandit National Champion
Awards2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 26 (Sam Hunt Racing)
First race2022 Ag-Pro 300 (Talladega)
Last race2022 A-GAME 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
55 races run over 4 years
Truck no., teamNo. 18 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2021 position8th
Best finish8th (2021)
First race2019 M&M's 200 (Iowa)
Last race2022 TSport 200 (IRP)
First win2021 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last win2022 CRC Brakleen 150 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 29 1
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
Statistics current as of July 23, 2022.

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, part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 26 Toyota Supra for Sam Hunt Racing, and part-time in select Super Late Model events, driving the No. 26 Toyota Camry for Wilson Motorsports. Since 2018, he has been apart of Toyota Racing Development's TD2 program.

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 2018, Smith made his ARCA Racing Series debut at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and won the pole after qualifying was rained out. He led 51 laps and finished 5th in the race. 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] He almost won the series' inaugural race at Knoxville, but lost the lead to Austin Hill in the closing laps and green-white-checkered attempts. Smith did barely qualify for the playoffs in the 10th and final spot despite being disqualified in the regular-season finale at Watkins Glen.[8]

At Bristol Motor Speedway, in a must-win situation to make the round of 8 in the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, Smith won, beating Grant Enfinger and teammate John Hunter Nemechek as Nemechek overshot turn 1 and race leader Sheldon Creed was put into the wall by Smith and overshot turn 1 and spun finishing 19th.

Personal life[edit]

Smith attended Pickens High School in Jasper, Georgia and was a part of the graduating class of 2020.[9]

Smith is a devout Christian often sporting a cross necklace underneath his firesuit.

Smith proposed to his then girlfriend Kenzie Grams on New Years Day in 2021 and would marry her on July 17, 2021.

Smith and his wife Kenzie Smith would announced on February 4, 2022 they would be having a babyboy. Their son Chandler Smith Jr was born on August 4, 2022

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.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity 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 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2022 Sam Hunt Racing 26 Toyota DAY CAL LVS PHO ATL COA RCH MAR TAL
38
DOV
21
DAR TEX CLT PIR NSH ROA ATL NHA POC IND MCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -*

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 [10]
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 [11]
2021 18 DAY
9*
DAY
12
LVS
19
ATL
35
BRI
34
RCH
4
KAN
11
DAR
27
COA
33
CLT
6
TEX
5
NSH
13*
POC
25
KNX
2*
GLN
40
GTW
28
DAR
7
BRI
1
LVS
35
TAL
19
MAR
4
PHO
1
8th 2230 [12]
2022 DAY
21
LVS
1*
ATL
4
COA
5
MAR
6
BRI
19
DAR
21
KAN
4
TEX
8
CLT
8
GTW
3
SON
5
KNX
13
NSH
15
MOH
6
POC
1*
IRP
18
RCH KAN BRI TAL HOM PHO -* -* [13]

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 [14]

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 [15]
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 [16]
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 [17]
2021 25 DAY PHO TAL KAN TOL CLT MOH POC
12
ELK BLN IOW WIN GLN MCH ISF MLW DSF BRI SLM KAN 90th 33 [18]
2022 15 DAY PHO TAL KAN CLT IOW BLN ELK MOH POC IRP
1*
MCH GLN ISF MLW DSF KAN BRI SLM TOL -* -*

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 [19]

* Season still in progress

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. ^ "Chandler Smith disqualified after No. 18 KBM entry fails post-race inspection at Watkins Glen". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Henry, Devon (March 9, 2020). "Balancing Life, School, and Professional Race Car Driving". Sports360AZ.com. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  12. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  13. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  14. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2019 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  15. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2018 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2019 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2020 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "Chandler Smith – 2021 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  19. ^ "Chandler Smith– 2020 ARCA Menards Series East results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2020.

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