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Chandler Smith Driving for Rackley WAR No. 25 at Talladega

Rackley WAR is bringing Chandler Smith in to drive the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ next race at Talladega Superspeedway, the team announced Monday (Sept. 25).

Smith, who finished third in last year’s Truck Series points standings and has won five times in the series, is slated to make his first Truck Series start of the 2023 season.

This year, he has won at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and is fighting for the Xfinity Series championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

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Smith replaces Matt DiBenedetto, who raced for Rackley the last two seasons, captured both his and the team’s lone win last year at Talladega, and earned the team’s first playoff berth this season before being eliminated in the Round of 10 following a third-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

DiBenedetto announced at the end of August that he would part ways with the team at the end of the season. Following Kansas, the team announced that he wouldn’t drive the remaining races for Rackley.

“I’m super-grateful for Rackley W.A.R. giving me the opportunity to run their truck this weekend at Talladega,” Smith said. “Being able to represent Rackley Roofing, W.A.R. Shocks, and this entire organization is extremely cool. I’m definitely proud of and looking forward to the opportunity.”

Details regarding future entries for the team at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Phoenix Raceway will be announced at a later date.

Smith returns to the Truck Series Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by FOX Sports 1.

About the author

Wyatt Watson has been an avid fan of NASCAR since 2007 at the age of 8. He joined Frontstretch in February 2023 after serving in the United States Navy for five years as an Electronic Technician Navigation working on submarines. Wyatt writes breaking NASCAR news and contributes to columns such as Friday Faceoff and 2-Headed Monster. Wyatt also contributes to Frontstretch's social media and serves as an at-track reporter.

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