Garrett Smithley
28-Year-Old Driver  
JD Motorsports
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Smithley has been very steady the last two seasons for this Xfinity Series team. The only blip on the radar was a rash of four DNF's in the final six races of last season. Were it not for that bad luck, Smithley would have posted even better numbers. The 27-year-old driver now has over 130-career starts in this division of NASCAR and his talents are being noticed. Smithley made 14 Cup Series starts last year, and the lure of racing at NASCAR's top level is pulling him in that direction. He hasn't been confirmed in the No. 0 Chevrolet at the time of this writing, and various rumors have Smithley possibly moving to Cup full-time for Rick Ware Racing. This is a situation to watch closely in the pre-season. This driver and team present some deep-league value if they go racing together in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
Joining Rick Ware Racing
February 18, 2020
Rick Ware Racing announced that Smithley will return to the team for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season with an expanded schedule, set to begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020, Rick Ware Racing PR reports.
Smithley made 14 Cup starts last season with nine of those coming with RWR. He would snare just two Top-30 finishes in those starts and DNF twice. Smithley will race an expanded schedule in 2020 and hope to improve his performance. "The time is now to increase my Cup Series schedule," Smithley said. "It's important to get as much seat time in the Cup Series as NASCAR transitions to the next generation car. Also, the Cup Series offers my marketing partners additional exposure."
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smithley did some great work in 2018 with his JD Motorsports race team. The 26-year-old Georgia native earned one Top-5 and two Top-10 finishes in just his third full season of racing in this division of NASCAR. While week-to-week consistency was a bit of an issue, Smithley still showed some impressive driving skill throughout the 33-race schedule. JDM hasn't announced plans for the 2019 season, but it's expected that this driver and team will return fully intact. The team enjoyed sponsorship from multiple companies in 2018, and hopefully that can pull off the puzzle-work needed to fully fund Smithley and the No. 0 Chevrolet again this season.
At the time of this writing Smithley has not been named to the No. 0 Chevrolet, however, it is expected that he'll return to this team in 2018. He ran the full schedule with this race team last year and earned two Top-10 and 13 Top-25 finishes. The seven DNF's that Smithley suffered chopped up his consistency and led to the 21st-place finish in the championship driver standings. It could be for this reason that the team has not rushed to name him the driver for the upcoming season. Still, the team plans to run the full schedule and has decent, multi-car equipment and personnel. That makes Smithley or any other driver a fairly valuable commodity in this team at this tier of the driver field.
Smithley’s rookie season in the Xfinity Series last year was a real learning experience. The 24-year-old Georgian started in all but one race of the 33-event schedule. Smithley didn’t crack the Top 10 at any point last season but he did grab a handful of Top-20 finishes along the way. His three DNF’s show that the young driver was running at the end of most races. However, the 24.0 average finish shows that the No. 0 team has a way to go before they’ll be considered a marginally competitive team. As of mid-January JD Motorsports and Smithley are still working out the details for the upcoming season, but that’s expected to be in place before the start of the campaign.
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Cup Debut at Michigan
June 2, 2018
Smithley is scheduled to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut next weekend at Michigan International Speedway, sources have confided to Kickin' the Tires.
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Returning to JD Motorsports
February 7, 2018
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that Smithley will return to the organization to pilot the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, JD Motorsports PR reports.
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Returning to JD Motorsports
Xfinity Series
February 7, 2017
Veteran NASCAR team owner Johnny Davis will attack the 2017 Xfinity Series schedule with a young but experienced group of drivers. Davis, owner of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, one of the NASCAR garage's most established teams, announced Tuesday that Ross Chastain, Smithley and Harrison Rhodes will drive the team's Chevrolets in NASCAR's No. 2 series this season, JD Motorsports PR reports.
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