Smith Looking For Good Things In Charlotte

No. 7 Dale’s Pale Ale Chevrolet

By winning at Dover, Smith catapulted the No. 7 back into the championship chatter with five races remaining in the season. He’s 36 points behind leader Chris Buescher and just 12 behind JRM teammate Chase Elliott. Over the last five races, Smith has trimmed 18 points off the deficit and is closer to the top than he’s been since the spring Texas race, when he was 22 points out of the lead.

“[Dover was a] really emotional win for a lot of reasons, but in particular for this group of guys with Jason [Burdett] as the crew chief. He’s worked hard all year and been really good for this team and me as a driver. We have had good race cars, and this team has been this strong all along. I can say this with certainty: this has been my best year at JR Motorsports as a driver and speed-wise. I feel like we’ve had the most speed in the races of all the years I’ve been here. We keep winning races, and we’ll be right back in the title hunt. That’s kind of our motto right now, to just keep winning races and good things happen. We’re going to some tracks that we’re excited about, and we’re going to work hard and see how it all shakes out. Glad to have Dale’s Pale Ale on the car this week for Charlotte.”

Dale’s Pale Ale makes its second appearance of the season as a primary sponsor this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Parent company Oskar Blues, a Colorado-based craft brewery, which now has a second location in Brevard, N.C., was on the car with Dale’s Pale Ale at Bristol in August.

Smith’s Dover victory last week was his sixth for JRM, tying him with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for most in team history. It was also his second of the season, giving Smith multiple victories for the second time in three seasons. Dating back to 2011, Smith has won at least one NASCAR race in each of the past five seasons.

Four of the final five races of the season will be on 1.5-mile ovals, and that suits Smith’s performance so far this season. In eight races on 1.5-mile tracks, Smith has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes as well as an average finish of 6.9. Last time out at Charlotte, Smith ran a strong fourth, and in the last race on a 1.5-mile track, he was third at Kentucky.

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Smith at Charlotte (NXS):

  Starts 10
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 2
  Top 10's 5
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 37
  Avg. Start 14.2
  Avg. Finish 16.2

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 28
  Wins 2
  Top 5's 9
  Top 10's 21
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 160
  Avg. Start 8.7
  Avg. Finish 9.4

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 197
  Wins 6
  Top 5's 28
  Top 10's 73
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 621
  Avg. Start 16.2
  Avg. Finish 17.8