Bristol Gives Smith Short-Track Fever

No. 7 Chevrolet

Bristol Motor Speedway is known for short-track fireworks, with its high banks and furious action. Smith has been the model of consistency at Bristol since joining JR Motorsports in 2013, posting top-10 finishes there in three of his last four races on the .533-mile oval.

 “We had a good run at Texas, and gained eight points on the leader, so that’s good news heading into Bristol this weekend. This is the first true short track of the season for the team, and it’s usually an exciting day on the high banks. We’ve had some really fast cars over the first six races, cars that are capable of winning races, and I expect that to continue this weekend.”

The last two starts for Smith at Bristol have resulted in a 10th-place finish and a fifth-place finish. If he improves five spots this weekend, he’ll have posted his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of the season.

It always helps to start as far forward as possible in the relatively short NXS events, and Smith has been helping himself this season. His average start in the first six races of the season is 6.8, the best six-race stretch of starts he’s had since joining JRM in 2013.

Last week, Smith was able to make his first visit to Augusta National, home of The Masters Championship golf tournament with TaxSlayer President Jimmy Rhodes and Senior VP Carl Rhodes. It was quite an eye-opener for Smith. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “The facilities were awesome and so was the atmosphere.”

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Smith at Bristol (NXS):

  Starts 10
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 3
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Start 18.3
  Avg. Finish 22.6

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 6
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 2
  Top 10's 5
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 19
  Avg. Start 6.8
  Avg. Finish 11.5

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 175
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 21
  Top 10's 57
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 480
  Avg. Start 17.1
  Avg. Finish 18.9