Third-generation racer Jeff Smith enters this weekend second in Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series points and fourth in the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series standings. However, he enters a busy tripleheader weekend looking for even stronger runs.
Before a two-race trip last weekend which saw Smith finish on the podium with the Carolina Clash at Carolina Speedway (NC) on Friday before an 11th-place ULTIMATE finish at Dixie Speedway (GA), Smith's car spent some time on the chassis jig, ensuring everything was in proper working order before returning to the track. The son of "Southern Gentleman" Freddy Smith and grandson of Grassy Smith hopes adjustments made and lessons learned from that trip will result in even more speed, and the podium finish at Carolina provides further confidence.
“We took our car up to Rocket Chassis, just checked things out on it, made sure we didn’t have the frame bent, put it on the jig and straightened things out,” Smith told Speed51. “We went through everything, found a couple of little things that were probably hindering us a little bit.
“We ran Carolina Friday night, had a good run at it,” added Smith. “We struggled a little bit at Dixie, but that’s a little different place than we normally run. I felt good about the car Friday night.”
Smith will be embarking on an even busier journey this weekend, with three races on his docket. After competing in the ULTIMATE doubleheader at Lavonia Speedway (GA) and Modoc Raceway (SC), Smith will also hit the Carolina Clash event at Cherokee Speedway (SC) on Sunday. Smith enjoys an action-packed weekend – even when the challenges can stack up at times.
“I enjoy it on back-to-back nights, unless you have a problem and have to fix it or you’re shorthanded,” said Smith. “Even then, you get through it because you love it.”
Friday’s ULTIMATE event at Lavonia Speedway will pay tribute to one of the greats in racing lore, National Dirt Racing Hall of Famer Buck Simmons. Smith competed against Simmons early in his career, while Jeff’s father Freddy Smith was a frequent opponent of Simmons’. The younger Smith has fond memories of Buck’s racing career.
“I remember watching Buck and my dad race when I was young,” said Smith. “I did race with Buck for a little while there when I was starting out. He was a good race car driver. He was smooth, he took care of his equipment. He could do things with a race car that might not have been up to par that most drivers couldn’t.”
Speed51, the Official Video Home of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series, will provide highlights and recaps from both legs of the ULTIMATE doubleheader this weekend.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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