Smithley at Road America in 2019
|Born||April 27, 1992|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|13 races run over 2 years|
|Car no., team||No. 77 (Spire Motorsports)|
No. 15 (Premium Motorsports)
No. 54 (Rick Ware Racing)
|Best finish||67th (2018)|
|First race||2018 FireKeepers Casino 400 (Michigan)|
|Last race||2019 Drydene 400 (Dover)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|128 races run over 5 years|
|Car no., team||No. 0 (JD Motorsports)|
|Best finish||18th (2016)|
|First race||2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)|
|Last race||2019 Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (Dover)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|8 races run over 3 years|
|Truck no., team||No. 42 (Chad Finley Racing)|
|Best finish||36th (2015)|
|First race||2015 Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (Atlanta)|
|Last race||2019 Vankor 350 (Texas)|
|Statistics current as of October 6, 2019.|
Garrett Smithley (born April 27, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports and part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports and the No. 15 Camaro ZL1 for Premium Motorsports. Smithley has also competed in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series.
- 1 Racing career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Motorsports career results
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Smithley began his racing career in 2007, his sophomore year in high school, in Bandolero cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lanier National Speedway, and won the rookie of the year in 2008. He credits being cast in a school play as a freshman as giving him the confidence needed to go and race. He moved up to Legends car racing with Peachtree City Golf Carts after having his golf cart stolen and buying a new one there. Smithley credits that relationship as what kept him in racing past Bandoleros, as his family didn't have money to advance to Legends. He was chosen to be part of the Richard Petty Driver Search in his first year after high school.
ARCA Racing Series
Smithley competed in three events in 2013, driving Derrike Cope's cars. His first start, at Pocono Raceway, was Smithley's first ever stock car race. His one start in 2014 was an 18th at Talladega for Wes Gonder. In 2015, his one start for Rick Ware was hampered by engine problems.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Smithley made his Truck Series debut at his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado for MB Motorsports. He made three more starts in the 2015 season, scoring a high finish of 14th at Michigan. He returned to Atlanta with MB Motorsports for his first start of 2016, finishing 18th.
In March 2019, Smithley returned to the series at Texas Motor Speedway, driving the No. 42 for Chad Finley Racing; the run was part of an effort by Smithley to race in all three NASCAR national series in one weekend.
On February 16, 2016, it was announced that Smithley would race for JD Motorsports, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro, and would also compete for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. Although the original agreement was only for three races, he ran every race except the PowerShares QQQ 300. Finishing 18th in series points, he finished in the top 15 in both restrictor plate races, including one at Talladega Superspeedway. Smithley cracked the top 20 five times outside of plate tracks, but troubles at road courses (such as running the bus stop at Watkins Glen, resulting in an engine failure) put a slight damper on his season. Another incident at Talladega left Chris Cockrum mad at Smithley; Smithley turned Cockrum off Turn 2, collecting Joey Gase in the process. Cockrum in the infield after the wreck accused Smithley of not knowing how to race at restrictor plate tracks. Smithley, discussing his Wikipedia page in a 2018 podcast, shared his side of the story, claiming Cockrum moved up and there was only "slight contact" that led to the wreck.
Smithley returned full-time to JD Motorsports in 2017. He ran all the races so far except Chicagoland, where Smithley ran in MBM Motorsports' No. 40 car to make room for Vinnie Miller, who was making his series debut. He scored his first two Xfinity top-ten finishes, at Daytona and Iowa, and led his first Xfinity Series lap at Talladega. The rest of the season didn't go as well in a self-described "sophomore slump". Besides driving, Smithley has also undertaken a publicist-like role within his team, calling companies before races each week seeing if they would like to sponsor him. He has opened a personal LLC to help with the finances of sponsorship, mainly taxes.
It was announced on February 7, 2018, that Smithley would return in the 0 car for the 2018 season. In the season opener, Smithley overcame a spin to score his first NASCAR top five, coming in fifth. He also switched crew chiefs, bringing Wayne Carroll on board. It was then announced two days after the race that Smithley would switch numbers with fellow JD Motorsports driver Matt Mills for the next two races; Smithley taking Mills' No. 15 and Mills taking Smithley's No. 0. Talking about life at-track in summer 2018, Smithley said that he doesn't like to make friends with other Xfinity Series regulars since in previous experiences making friends had made him less aggressive and more willing to cut other racers' breaks.
Smithley returned to JDM for 2019. For throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Smithley drove a tribute paint scheme to MB Motorsports owner Mike Mittler, who died earlier in 2019. Mittler gave Smithley his first opportunity in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Monster Energy Cup Series
On June 1, 2018, reports surfaced that Smithley will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Michigan with StarCom Racing in the team's No. 99 entry, though the reports weren't immediately confirmed by Smithley. Smithley retired from the race after just one lap with a transmission issue.
In 2019, Smithley picked up a part-time ride with Spire Motorsports to drive the No. 77 Chevrolet starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In his limited schedule, Smithley aimed to gain respect from the Cup Series competitors. While driving the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford at the 2019 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he was heavily criticized by Kyle Busch, who blamed him and Joey Gase for costing him a solid run.
Smithley's father and both of his grandfathers were military servicemen. He was born in Pennsylvania but later moved to Virginia when he was six and Georgia in the sixth grade. When he was a child, Smithley played baseball and football but also was active in dance and chorus, eventually becoming a theater participant at his high school, even being named as the lead in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory along with being an active member of the Boy Scouts of America. He credits his theater and drama experience as giving him the confidence necessary to take chances in his racing career. Smithley's musical tastes also stem from his childhood; after his parents steered him away from hip-hop/rap, he likes classic rock, pop and EDM.
After racing, Smithley hopes to become a television announcer.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics��– Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup Series
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results|
|Rick Ware Racing||54||Chevy||DAR
Gander Outdoors Truck Series
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results|
|SS-Green Light Racing||07||Chevy||CLT
|2019||Chad Finley Racing||42||Chevy||DAY||ATL||LVS||MAR||TEX
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
ARCA Racing Series
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|ARCA Racing Series results|
|2013||Derrike Cope Racing||74||Chevy||DAY||MOB||SLM||TAL||TOL||ELK||POC
|2014||Wes Gonder Racing||11||Ford||DAY||MOB||SLM||TAL
|2015||Rick Ware Racing||10||Chevy||DAY
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