Smith Looks To Chip Away In Kansas

No. 7 Chevrolet returns to the No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend in Kansas, the familiar brilliant red and white scheme that Smith has campaigned eight times previously this season. TaxSlayer, based in Evans, Ga., is a leading tax preparation company and has been a vital partner of the JR Motorsports program since 2011.

“The points are what they are. We have to continue to do what we have done the past 12 to 15 races, and that’s run well and be consistent. The points will take care of themselves. I’m excited about the speed we’ve had in our race cars the past few weeks. I’m proud of the effort the whole company has been putting into it. We fought unbelievably hard at Charlotte, and I am proud of that. Disappointed we couldn’t capitalize on it, with the 60 car [Chris Buescher] finishing seventh. We’re going to keep digging. We have four more to go, and I’d like to catch him [Buescher] and at least put the pressure on at Homestead. We’re going to Kansas and keep trying to chip away at this points lead.”

Over the past three races, Smith has finished third, first and fifth, with the victory coming at Dover. That’s a 3.0 average finish, and over the last 10 races, he’s been in the top 10 nine times and averaged 7.1 for finishing position. Take out the 20th-place finish at Watkins Glen, and that average drops to 5.7.

Three straight top-five finishes have helped Smith shave 17 points off Buescher’s NASCAR XFINITY Series point lead with four races remaining. Third at Kentucky lopped four points off, the victory at Dover added 11 more and the fifth at Charlotte accounted for the other two. Smith trailed by 51 points entering Kentucky and now sits 34 out in third place. Heading into Charlotte last week, Smith had earned seven more points than any other NXS driver since the second race at Daytona.

The final four races of the 2015 season will feature three 1.5-mile and one 1-mile ovals, and that’s good news for Smith and the team. In nine races on 1.5-mile tracks, Smith has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes for an average finish of 6.7. At Phoenix, he’s been in the top 10 four straight races, including a fourth-place finish in 2013. At Texas, he finished fourth earlier this season, and at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Smith won in 2012 in his first race for JR Motorsports.

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Smith at Kansas (NXS):

  Starts 4
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 1
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 81
  Avg. Start 14.2
  Avg. Finish 21.0

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 29
  Wins 2
  Top 5's 10
  Top 10's 22
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 160
  Avg. Start 8.8
  Avg. Finish 9.2

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 198
  Wins 6
  Top 5's 29
  Top 10's 74
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 621
  Avg. Start 16.2
  Avg. Finish 17.7