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Garrett Smithley To Do Triple-Duty At Texas

Garrett Smithley will compete in all three major NASCAR series races this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The 26-year-old will join his NASCAR Xfinity Series teammate Ross ChastainTimmy Hill and Kyle Busch in completing the tripleheader this weekend.

On Friday (March 29), Smithley will compete in the Vankor 350, driving the No. 42 Chad Finley Racing, Inc. Chevrolet. Smithley is friends with Robby Lyons, who was initially entered to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet.

The Vankor 350 will be the first race for CFR since the Ultimate Tailgating 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Following that race, the team’s hauler was damaged as it exited the speedway. As a result, the team has not competed in a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race since then.

For Smithley, this will be his eighth career Truck race. In seven previous starts, he has a career-best finish of 14th at Michigan International Speedway in August 2015. Smithley has never competed at Texas in the Truck Series before.

The following day (March 30), Smithley will compete in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 driving the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet. Smithley is competing in his fourth full-time Xfinity Series season. He is currently 18th in the championship standings, 58 points below the playoff cutline. In six career Xfinity Series starts at Texas, Smithley has an average finishing position of 24.8.

Finally, on Sunday (March 31), Smithley will wrap up his TMS race weekend driving the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. He will make his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. This will be his first Cup Series start at Texas. Smithley has already driven the No. 77 twice this season, with 36th-place finishes in both races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.

About the author

Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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