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Smith lost a couple of points to leader Chris Buescher at Chicagoland and is 51 points out of the top spot in the NXS standings with seven races left in the season. He needs to earn 7.3 points more than the leader to earn his first NXS title. Last time out at Kentucky, Smith finished 10th.

 “Our 1.5-mile program has been really good this year, and we have the opportunity to cut the deficit to the leader again this week. At Chicago, we weren’t able to get that done, but we ran pretty well at Kentucky earlier in the season, so there’s potential this weekend. Kentucky is a track where we can gain points, and we’ve run top-five at both Texas and Charlotte earlier this year. Homestead has always been one of my favorite tracks, so it’s going to be important to do well on these to have a chance to win the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series title.”

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With his ninth-place finish at Chicagoland, Smith made it 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 NXS races. His average finish, which includes his victory at Mid-Ohio, is 7.9 over that span. Smith ran his consecutive top-10 streak to six races, and his average finish is 8.2 over the last five.

Smith’s record in 2015 on tracks measuring 1.5-miles is solid. In seven starts on these tracks, Smith has three top-five and six top-10 finishes, with third-place his best result, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. He ran fourth at both Texas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, both of which he and the No. 7 team will visit again in the final seven races.

Smith has done well in the stand-alone NXS races in 2015. Entering the last of six such events, Smith has a victory at Mid-Ohio and two top-10s on weekends where the series is the feature attraction. His average finish in the five stand-alone events so far in 2015 is 8.4.

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Smith at Kentucky (NXS):

  Starts 10
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 2
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 47
  Avg. Start 15.6
  Avg. Finish 22.5

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 26
  Wins 1
  Top 5's 7
  Top 10's 19
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 80
  Avg. Start 9.0
  Avg. Finish 10.0

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 195
  Wins 5
  Top 5's 26
  Top 10's 71
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 541
  Avg. Start 16.4
  Avg. Finish 17.9