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NGOTS: Garrett Smithley Kicks Off Triple-Duty Weekend with a Top-15

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Garrett Smithley is doing triple-duty this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway running in all three NASCAR series for the first time in his career.

Smithley kicked off his weekend running the No. 42 Sunwest Construction Chevrolet Silverado for Chad Finley Racing in Friday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, Vankor 350.

Robby Lyons was set to drive the No. 42 in the team’s fifth NGOTS race of the season, but Lyons wanted to give Smithley, who is a friend of his, the chance to run the NASCAR triple-header for the first time in his career.

“Garrett has done so much for me and this was a way of giving back to him and showing how much, I appreciate the sacrifices he made for me. I know he will do a great job and I’ll be at Texas this weekend supporting the team and Garrett and look forward to seeing him bring home a good finish on Friday night, said Lyons.”

Garrett qualified the No. 42 to a 25th starting spot but had a fast Chevy from the start of the event. With two separate cautions within the first fourteen laps involving the Kyle Busch Motorsports team mates of Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton, Smithley was able to quickly gain spots and make his way into the Top-20 running order.

The NGOTS race saw a lot of cautions, mainly involving single trucks, but Smithley was able to avoid any possible carnage and when the race went under their fourth caution of the night, he would bring the No. 42 down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel.

Smithley spent a large portion of the event running in the top-10 running order but would ultimately finish the race in the 15th position, after a late-race issue with a left front shock problem.

The 26-year old took to his Twitter account after the race tweeting the following.

Friday night’s event was Smithley’s first truck series appearance since July 2016 at Kentucky Speedway where he crossed the checkers with a 21st place result. His 15th place result at Texas was also his best finish in the series since 2015 when he finished 14th at Michigan.

Smithley will now set his sights on the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for the remainder of the weekend.

Saturday afternoon he will get behind the wheel of the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet for JD Motorsports. Smithley will have his work cut out of him in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 after being involved in a crash during qualifying earlier in the morning, the team will start in a backup car from the last position.

In six starts at Texas Motor Speedway in the NXS, Smithley has 4 top-25 finishes with a best finish of 20th coming in the fall race last season.

On the MENCS side of things, Smithley will pilot the No. 77 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports. It’ll be the first time Smithley will race at Texas in NASCAR’s premiere series and he’ll roll off the grid from the 38th starting position on Sunday afternoon in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

Stay Connected with Garrett:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GarrettSmithley
Twitter: @GarrettSmithley
Instagram: @garrettsmithley

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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