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Garrett Smithley Hoping to Run Full-Time in Cup & Xfinity in 2020

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Over the past couple of months, chatter has picked up about Garrett Smithley‘s NASCAR future, though if you ask him, he wants to run as many laps as possible. Smithley, 27, has spent the past four seasons at JD Motorsports, piloting the No. 0 Chevrolet to a best finish of 18th in the championship standings. …

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We Want Passion — Not Just Experience — in Our Drivers

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We want raw emotion from our racing stars. The frontstretch, post-burnout interview spawned from that desire. When the drivers get out of the car, we don’t want them to cool down, we want to see and hear that raw emotion. Then when a driver gives it to us and it goes against our ideals or …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Justin Allgaier Making Push Toward Xfinity Series Title

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. came out on top in the opening race of the playoffs, but it was Kyle Busch who stole the post-race headlines, bashing drivers who haven’t won. The comments transpired after an on-track …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Sunday Night NASCAR Be a Thing More Often in the Future?

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Kyle Busch pacing the field (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After Sunday night’s controversy between Kyle Busch and Garrett Smithley, a debate has sparked about who was at fault and what it should take to become a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. Smithley has been racing in NASCAR’s national series for years, and has had some solid runs and success there. What should NASCAR …

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Garrett Smithley, Contec Pair for Xfinity Charlotte Race

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Garrett Smithley has gained a new sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Smithley will be sponsored by Contec, Inc., for the upcoming Xfinity event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Contec announced Monday, Aug. 19. According to Contec’s tweet about the partnership, Smithley will drive JD Motorsports with Gary Keller’s No. 4 at Charlotte. He’s …

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Entry List: Consumers Energy 400

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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes its second and final trip of the season to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the 2019 Consumers Energy 400. The initial entry list has 38 competitors, and with 40 spots on the grid, that means all drivers will qualify, barring any entry list changes. Ross Chastain will …

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NASCAR 101: Top Average Finish By Xfinity Drivers at Daytona & Talladega

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Here’s the cool thing about this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway: no Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. For a while, that would have been a rarity in NASCAR, something to shock. There was a period of time in NASCAR’s secondary series when an Xfinity regular winning a race in their …

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Garrett Smithley Adds Three Cup Races to Schedule

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Garrett Smithley‘s schedule will be a little busier, as he has added three more Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events to his schedule. Victory Lane Quick Oil Change announced Wednesday (May 1) that they will sponsor Smithley’s No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season. They …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin overcame a characteristic pair of pit road penalties and missing a pit road approach under green with a stellar late-race pit stop. That got him out front, where he beat Clint Bowyer by more than two seconds. Hamlin scored his second win of 2019 and the 52nd NASCAR national series win …

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Christopher Bell Wins My Bariatric Solutions 300 Pole

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Christopher Bell won the pole for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his eighth career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole. Bell won the pole with a lap at 191.320 mph, the fastest lap of the entire weekend across all three of NASCAR’s National Series.. Starting alongside Bell will be his Joe …

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Garrett Smithley To Do Triple-Duty At Texas

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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 Chastain, Timmy 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, …

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Entry List: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series heads to the Lone Star State for the seventh race of the season, visiting Texas Motor Speedway for the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. 39 cars will attempt qualifying with 40 spots available, meaning all will make the race. Many of the teams look the same this week. The top-tier …

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