Chandler Smith Makes Fourth Start With KBM

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Event:                         Lucas Oil 150 (Race 22 of 23), 150 Laps – 45/45/60; 150 Miles

Location:                    ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (one-mile oval)

Date/Broadcast:         Nov. 8, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90

What You Need to Know

  • Racing prodigy Chandler Smith will make his fourth and final NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start of 2019 in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Smith nearly went to victory lane in his last Gander Trucks outing, lining up on the front row with reigning series champion Brett Moffitt for a three-lap shootout to the finish, but would settle for an impressive runner-up finish. The 17-year-old driver has finished inside the top 10 in all three of his starts this season, including top-five finishes in his last two outings, led 55 laps and produced an average finish of 4.7.
  • While Smith will be making his first start in any series at ISM Raceway, he will be racing for an organization that knows how to go fast at the one-mile oval. Kyle Busch Motorsports‘ (KBM) drivers won the event five consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2016 and have won the pole for each of the last five events (2014 to 2018). A KBM driver has led the most laps in each of the last eight events, dating back to 2011, and over the last five races the organization has led 81.3% (590/726) of the total laps.
  • Similar to Smith, Erik Jones finished second in just his third career Gander Trucks start while driving a limited schedule for KBM in 2013. Jones went on to win in his fifth and final start of the year at ISM Raceway, leading a race-high 84 laps en route to the victory, which at the time made him the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series event.
  • In addition to his limited Gander Trucks schedule, Smith was impressive in his second part-time ARCA Menards Racing Series schedule. The Georgia native collected five victories, four poles, 666 laps led, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes while competing in just 11 of the 20 events. His five victories in 2019 were a series high and despite being a part timer, he led the series in laps led for the second consecutive year. Overall in 20 starts the last two seasons, Smith has compiled seven wins, eight poles, 1429 laps led, 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.3.
  • The Toyota Racing Development driver is also running a handful of races for the KBM Super Late Model team this season. Smith came up just short of the victory last weekend in the prestigious All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. He took the lead on lap 285 and stayed out front for the majority of the second half of the event. Another competitor came across his nose while battling for the lead with 20 to go, which would lead to the hood of the No. 51 Mobil 1 Camry blowing off in the subsequent laps and bringing out the caution. Fortunately for Smith, his crew was able to retrieve the hood and secure it with bare bond for the closing laps. Smith lined up as the fifth and final car on the final restart of the event with seven laps remaining, but while chasing down the leader his progress was impeded by a car that was multiple laps down and he was forced to settle for a runner-up finish.
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