Mooresville, N.C. — Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver Chandler Smith will compete in four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) races for the organization in 2019 – splitting his schedule between the No. 51 and No. 46 Tundras – and will also compete in three marquee Super Late Model events in the No. 51 Camry.
The Georgia teenager will make his NGOTS debut June 15 in the No. 51 Tundra at Iowa Speedway in Newton, and will also compete for that team Aug. 15 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Smith will compete for the No. 46 team June 28 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., and Nov. 7 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. On the Super Late Model side, he will race the Winchester 400 Oct. 13 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, the All-American 400 Nov. 3 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Snowball Derby Dec. 2 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
Despite being just 15 years old at the time, Smith set an ARCA Racing Series record by winning four consecutive poles to start his career and earned his first victory after leading a race-high 102 laps at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway in his fourth series start. He was also victorious at Salem (Ind.) Speedway last September when he led all but one circuit of the 200-lap event. Smith totaled two wins, four poles, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes, while posting an average starting position of 3.3 and an average finish of 4.3 across his nine ARCA Racing starts last year. Despite competing in only nine of the 20 races, the racing prodigy led all drivers with 763 laps led.
In addition to his ARCA Racing Series experience, Smith has competed in some of the biggest Super Late Model events the last few seasons. He earned his first marquee win in January of 2018 in the CRA Speedfest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga., edging out short-track legend Bubba Pollard. He also won the pole, led 97 laps and finished second in the 2018 Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and finished third in the 2017 running of the event. The talented teenager has also posted an average finish of 6.0 across three starts in the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. Fla.
“The opportunity to compete in one of NASCAR’s national series with Kyle Busch Motorsports is a dream come true and it wouldn’t be possible without everything that Toyota and TRD have done the last few years to help me develop as a driver, on and off the track,” said Smith. “I can’t wait to get the season started and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to carry on the winning tradition that KBM has established in both the Truck Series and with their Super Late Model program.”
“Chandler was impressive in a limited ARCA Series schedule last year — winning poles, leading laps and bringing home a couple of victories,” owner Kyle Busch said. “He races with a veteran presence and has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country. He races hard and runs up front, and races the other competitors with respect and takes care of his equipment. We’re anxious to see him in one of our Tundras this season and feel he will gradually improve each time out. Even with such a limited schedule, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get to victory lane similar to Erik Jones in his first season for us.
“At KBM, we love having representation at the marquee Super Late Model events and at one point we weren’t sure if that was going to happen this year, so we’re excited to be adding three of the biggest SLM races in the country to Chandler’s schedule. We feel that he gives us a great shot to add some more big wins to our resume, including the opportunity to bring home our third consecutive Snowball Derby victory.”
Sponsors for all of Smith’s races in both the NGOTS and the Super Late Model will be announced at a later date.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
About Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Since debuting in 2010, Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by 2015 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the organization holds the Gander Outdoors Truck Series records for most career wins (68) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its state-of-the art 77,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Instagram (KBMteam) and Twitter (@KBMteam).
-Kyle Busch Motorsports Press Release
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