Sammy Smith – No. 18 TMC Toyota GR Supra Preview – Pennzoil 150 presented by Advanced Auto Parts at the Brickyard

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No. 18 TMC Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:

  • SMITH AT INDY: Sammy Smith will run his first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The No. 18 has finished in the top-10 three times out of the five road course races so far this year.  
  • MICHIGAN RECAP: Last weekend at Michigan, Smith qualified ninth, but got caught up in a wreck on lap 11 that ended his day. Joe Gibbs Racing earned their 200th NXS win with teammate John Hunter Nemechek’s victory at Michigan. Smith contributed to that total with his win at Phoenix earlier this year.  
  • ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Smith is eligible to compete for the 2023 NXS Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY). The other drivers competing for the title are Chandler Smith, Parker Retzlaff, and Blaine Perkins.  
  • ARCA EAST CHAMPION x2: Smith defended his 2021 ARCA Menards Series East (AMSE) Championship in 2022 on the strength of five wins and a top-five finish in all of the AMSE races. He also won four ARCA Menards Series races and one ARCA Menards Series West race in 2022.  
  • ON THE PITBOX: Crew Chief Jeff Meendering will head up the No. 18 team during the 2023 season. He has visited Victory Lane seven times as a NXS crew chief, most recently with Smith at Phoenix in March 2023. His teams have collected 57 top-five finishes, 114 top-10 finishes, and 11 pole positions under his leadership.  
  • JGR AT INDIANAPOLIS: The Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series program has posted two top-10 finishes in 10 combined starts on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Prior to the move to the road course, JGR earned four wins on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis oval.  
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s 2023 NXS Seasons.  

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  • RACE INFO: The NXS Pennoil 150 presented by Advanced Auto Parts at the Brickyard is scheduled for 5:30 PM EST on Saturday, August 12. The race will be broadcasted on USA, IMS Radio, Sirius XM and available to stream on the NBC Sports app.  

From the Driver’s Seat:  

Sammy Smith: “I’m excited to race at Indy this weekend with all of the history there. We’ve had great runs in road course races this year, even though we got a little unlucky in a couple. I feel confident in our road course program and I’m looking forward to the challenge of learning a new course. We just need to put together a full race this weekend and I think we could kiss the bricks at the end of the day.”  

Smith’s 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:  

Starts  Wins  Top 5  Top 10  Poles  Laps Led  Avg. Start  Avg. Finish  
21  1  4  10  0  171  9.7  15.6  

Smith’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:  

Starts  Wins  Top 5  Top 10  Poles  Laps Led  Avg. Start  Avg. Finish  
30  1  5  13  0  189  8.9  16.2  

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