Sammy Smith

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Sammy Smith
SSmith NSS 2021 AMSE.jpg
BornSamuel Smith
(2004-06-04) June 4, 2004 (age 18)
Johnston, Iowa
Achievements2021 Winchester 400 Winner
2022 Redbud 400 Winner
2021 Florida Governor’s Cup Winner
Awards2021 ARCA Menards Series East champion
2022 ARCA Menards Series East champion
2021 ARCA Menards Series East Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
4 races run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 18 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
First race2022 Henry 180 (Road America)
Last race2022 Sunoco Go Rewards 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
ARCA Menards Series career
8 races run over 2 years
ARCA no., teamNo. 18 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
Best finish35th (2021)
First race2021 Shore Lunch 150 (Iowa)
Last race2022 Dawn 150 (Mid-Ohio)
First win2022 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 (Berlin)
Last win2022 Bush's Beans 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 7 7
ARCA Menards Series East career
13 races run over 2 years
ARCA East no., teamNo. 18 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
Best finish1st (2021)
First race2021 Jeep Beach 175 (New Smyrna)
Last race2022 Bush's Beans 200 (Bristol)
First win2021 Pensacola 200 (Pensacola)
Last win2022 Bush's Beans 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 12 3
ARCA Menards Series West career
2 races run over 2 years
ARCA West no., teamNo. 18 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
Best finish39th (2021)
First race2020 Arizona Lottery 100 (Phoenix)
Last race2022 General Tire 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 1
Statistics current as of April 25, 2022.

Samuel Smith (born June 4, 2004) is an American professional stock car racing driver who competes full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also competes in the CARS Tour late model racing series, where he has driven for car owners Barry Nelson, Marcus Richmond, and Donnie Wilson as well as Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is also a Toyota development driver. Smith was the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East champion.

Racing career[edit]

Late model racing[edit]

Smith began racing at the age of 8 in go-karts, and then began racing legends cars and late models. His dad inspired him to start racing.[1]

Smith made his debut in the CARS Tour in May 2019, driving the No. 12 Toyota for Barry Nelson. He was 14 years old at the time. He would run five more races for Nelson that year and another in 2020, before running two races in the No. 19 for Marcus Richmond. Smith returned to Nelson's team in 2021 to compete in the race at Orange County Speedway. Smith competed full-time in the CARS Series in the Super Late Model Tour in 2020, driving the No. 51 (or on occasion, the No. 51S) for Kyle Busch Motorsports. That year, he also competed in the World Series of Asphalt.[1]

In 2021, KBM decided to temporarily close down their late model team,[2] so Smith moved to Wilson Motorsports for his late model starts that year.[3] He again entered the World Series of Asphalt and won the race driving the team's No. 22 car.[4]

ARCA[edit]

On February 3, 2021, it was announced that Smith would compete in the first five races of the ARCA Menards Series East season as well as the West Series season-finale at Phoenix, all in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 car.[5] In his debut at New Smyrna, Smith would lose the race to Max Gutiérrez in a three-wide photo finish with him and Taylor Gray.[6] Smith would then go on to win and lead the most laps in the next two races at Five Flags and the Nashville Fairgrounds. He also won the pole at Five Flags. At Dover, JGR entered Ty Gibbs (their full-time driver in the main ARCA Menards Series) in the No. 18 and moved Smith to a new second car for the team, the No. 81. (It was originally the No. 18E on the entry list,[7] but since this race was not a combination race, numbers with letters were not allowed and the team had to change the number.) Gibbs would win that race and Smith would finish fourth. At Southern National Motorsports Park, Smith would pick up his third win of the season. While the remaining three East Series races were not on his initial schedule, Smith is expected to return to the No. 81 in those three races (at least Iowa)[8] to hold onto the points lead and win the championship. Those three races are combination races with the main ARCA Menards Series, so Gibbs will be in the No. 18.

Smith returned to the East Series in 2022, this time driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He started the season with a high note, winning the season opener race at New Smyrna, after starting from the pole and leading 167 laps.[9] He scored another win the in following race at Five Flags, leading 107 laps.[10] His third win of the season came at Nashville, as he once again led the most laps, with 156.[11] Smith would also run the main ARCA Menards Series schedule full-time, but because he will not turn 18 until June 4, 2022, he would skip four races at the larger tracks, Daytona, Talladega, Kansas, and Charlotte.[12] He earned his first main ARCA win at Berlin, leading the final 8 laps after race leader, Daniel Dye, suffered a mechanical problem.[13] He would get a second win in the following week at Elko, dominating the race and leading 233 laps.[14]

Xfinity Series[edit]

On June 9, 2022, it was announced that Smith would drive for eight races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, starting at Road America.[15]

Motorsports career results[edit]

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

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 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY CAL LVS PHO ATL COA RCH MAR TAL DOV DAR TEX CLT PIR NSH ROA
24
ATL NHA POC
31
IND MCH
12
GLN
3
DAY
38
DAR KAN
8
BRI
14
TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -* [16]

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

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
2021 Joe Gibbs Racing 81 Toyota DAY PHO TAL KAN TOL CLT MOH POC ELK BLN IOW
18
WIN GLN MCH ISF MLW
5
DSF BRI
2
SLM KAN 35th 107 [17]
2022 Kyle Busch Motorsports 18 DAY PHO
3*
TAL KAN CLT IOW
2
BLN
1
ELK
1*
MOH
3
POC
12
IRP
2
MCH
4
GLN
5
ISF
4
MLW
1*
DSF
3
KAN
3
BRI
1*
SLM TOL -* -* [18]

ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

ARCA Menards Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 AMSEC Pts Ref
2021 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota NSM
2*
FIF
1*
NSV
1*
SNM
1
1st 385 [19]
81 DOV
4
IOW
18
MLW
5
BRI
2
2022 Kyle Busch Motorsports 18 NSM
1*
FIF
1*
DOV
5
NSV
1*
IOW
2
MLW
1*
BRI
1*
1st 375 [20]

ARCA Menards Series West[edit]

ARCA Menards Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 AMSWC Pts Ref
2021 Joe Gibbs Racing 81 Toyota PHO SON IRW CNS IRW PIR LVS AAS PHO
3
39th 41 [21]
2022 Kyle Busch Motorsports 18 PHO
3*
IRW KCR PIR SON IRW EVG PIR AAS LVS PHO -* -* [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allen, Richard (August 5, 2020). "Sammy Smith developing talent with Kyle Busch Motorsports guidance". Inside Circle Track. Tempera & WordPress. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  2. ^ Weaver, Matt (January 25, 2021). "Kyle Busch Motorsports Super Late Model Team Shuttered". Short Track Scene. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Sammy Smith Lands at Wilson Motorsports". Speed Sport. January 24, 2021. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  4. ^ Fenwick, Adam (February 7, 2021). "Sammy Smith Returns To Victory Lane". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Srigley, Joseph (February 3, 2021). "Sammy Smith Joins Joe Gibbs Racing's ARCA East Program for Six Races in 2021". TobyChristie.com.
  6. ^ Haislop, Tadd (February 9, 2021). "Rookie Max Gutiérrez Earns First ARCA Win In Photo Finish At New Smyrna". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Koelle, Christian (May 11, 2021). "ARCA East Preview: 2021 General Tire 125 at Dover International Speedway". Kickin' the Tires. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ty Gibbs, Sammy Smith to race as teammates at Iowa Speedway". ARCARacing.com. July 5, 2021.
  9. ^ Haislop, Tadd (2022-02-16). "Sammy Smith finds redemption, wins 2022 East Series opener at New Smyrna". ARCA. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  10. ^ Haislop, Tadd (2022-03-20). "Sammy Smith cruises to another East Series win with dominating run at Five Flags Speedway". ARCA. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  11. ^ Fenwick, Adam (2022-05-08). "Sammy Smith sings a winning tune in Music City 200 at Nashville Fairgrounds". ARCA. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  12. ^ "KBM to field full-time ARCA Menards Series entry in 2022 with Sammy Smith as primary driver". ARCA. 2022-02-10. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  13. ^ Fenwick, Adam (2022-06-19). "Sammy Smith earns maiden ARCA Menards Series win in stunning fashion at Berlin Raceway". ARCA. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  14. ^ Fenwick, Adam (2022-06-25). "Sammy Smith leaves no doubt with dominant victory at Elko Speedway". ARCA. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  15. ^ Srigley, Joseph (2022-06-09). "Sammy Smith Tapped for Eight-Race Xfinity Schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing". TobyChristie.com. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  16. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  17. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2021 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  18. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2022 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  19. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2021 ARCA Menards Series East Results". Racing Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  20. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2022 ARCA Menards Series East results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  21. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2021 ARCA Menards Series West Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  22. ^ "Sammy Smith – 2022 ARCA Menards Series West Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2022.

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