Texas Marks 200 For Smith

No. 7 Suave Men Chevrolet

This weekend’s race will mark Smith’s 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start. His first series start came in 2002 at the age of 18, driving for Ed Whitaker at Memphis Motorsports Park. His first full season was in 2006, driving for Sam Rensi, and Saturday’s race will be his 98th start for JR Motorsports.

 “We have had good race cars. This team has been this strong all along. There’s only two or three races where I could say, ‘OK, we had a tough day,’ and even those races we managed to salvage top-10s somehow, or 11th or 12th. We’ve had a couple of problems, like at Daytona earlier in the year, but we’ve been solid from start to finish. I can say this with certainty: this has been my best year at JR Motorsports as a driver and I think speed-wise. I feel like we’ve had the most speed in the races of all the years I’ve been here. We want to do everything we can to catch the 60 car, and we need help now to do that, but we’re going to try very hard to get it done.”

The blue and white Suave Men paint scheme returns to the No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend for the first time since the Michigan race in June. As then, Smith will carry supermarket giant Kroger on the car in tandem with the Unilever men’s hair and skin care brand.

If ever there was a time to get hot, it’s in the stretch run for the NXS championship. Smith is hot, earning four straight top-five finishes and his second victory of the season over that span. Smith has finished third, first, fifth and fifth, with the victory coming at Dover, to post a 3.5 average finish. Over the last 10 races, he’s been in the top 10 nine times and averaged 5.6 for finishing position.

With three races to go and trailing by 33 points, Smith’s path to the NXS title is clear-cut. He has to outscore leader Chris Buescher by 11 points per race to tie. Buescher has just one top-10 finish at Texas, and his average finish is 26.5.

Smith has run well at Texas, with a top-five and four top-10 efforts in five races since coming to JRM full-time in 2013. His only top-five, a fourth, came earlier this year, and he averages 7.0 per finish on the 1.5-mile oval. In 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks so far this season, Smith has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes, for an average of 6.5 per race. The last three times out at 1.5-mile tracks, Smith has finished third once and fifth twice. His worst finish on a 1.5-mile oval in 2015 is 13th at Chicagoland in June.

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Smith at Texas (NXS):

  Starts 10
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 4
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 9
  Avg. Start 15.7
  Avg. Finish 17.1

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 30
  Wins 2
  Top 5's 11
  Top 10's 23
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 160
  Avg. Start 8.6
  Avg. Finish 9.1

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 199
  Wins 6
  Top 5's 30
  Top 10's 75
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 621
  Avg. Start 16.2
  Avg. Finish 17.6