Opportunities For Smith At Road America

No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet

The third of three road courses the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on, Road America presents perhaps the biggest challenge. At 4.048 miles, it certainly is the biggest track Smith and the rest of the NXS race on all season. The next biggest, Talladega, is a good track for Smith, as he has a victory and two top-five finishes there.

 “Road America is a big opportunity for us to gain points on the leaders. We’ve run very well at the road courses this year, top-five all day at Watkins Glen and having a chance late for the victory at Mid-Ohio. We have to win races now, to make up that ground, and this is an excellent chance for us to do that. We’re working, Jason, the crew and myself, as hard as we can to get closer in the points, and we need to keep doing that every week. TaxSlayer was in Victory Lane with us at Mid-Ohio, and this would be a great time to take them there again.”

Smith used a surge on a late restart at Bristol to earn his 15th top-10 finish of the season last week. Smith remained 51 points out of the point lead heading to the iconic road course at Road America.

The last time out for Smith on a road course resulted in his first trip to Victory Lane in 52 races. Smith won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a last-lap pass of leader Alex Tagliani. It was also his first victory on a road course and the fifth NXS victory of his career. In eight road-course starts for JRM, Smith has a victory and three top-five finishes.

Smith sits 51 points out of the top spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings. With 10 races left, he needs to average 5.1 points better than leader Chris Buescher to forge a tie atop the standings. With two drivers between him and the leader, he’ll have to account for them as well. In 22 races so far this season, Smith has averaged 34.1 points per race. By contrast, Buescher has averaged 36.4, second-place Ty Dillon has averaged 35.5 and JRM teammate Chase Elliott 35.3. The top four are the only drivers to average better than 34 points per start this season.

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Smith at Road America (NXS):

  Starts 2
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 0
  Top 10's 0
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Start 9.5
  Avg. Finish 22.5

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 22
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 7
  Top 10's 15
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 60
  Avg. Start 9.1
  Avg. Finish 10.3

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 191
  Wins 5
  Top 5's 26
  Top 10's 67
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 521
  Avg. Start 16.5
  Avg. Finish 18.1