Multiple pit stops, late race cautions, and an ill handling car throughout the night in the Ansell Cut Protection 150 weren't enough to stop Jesse Smith and the ...
Multiple pit stops, late race cautions, and an ill handling car throughout the night in the Ansell Cut Protection 150 weren't enough to stop Jesse Smith and the #15 Venturini Motorsports team from scoring a solid seventh place finish.
After posting his best career qualifying effort of second, Smith was optimistic about his chances to make it to victory lane.
At the drop of the green flag, Smith kept his Toyota Camry in the top three for the first 25 laps and stayed solidly in the top five well past the halfway point. As the race wore on, the handling deteriorated significantly on the #15 Toyota. Smith managed to hang onto the Texas Corral/Lloyd's BBQ Toyota throughout the second long green flag run of the evening, until the yellow flag flew with 20 laps to go.
Crew chief Bryant Frazier brought Smith down pit road for last minute adjustments and four fresh Hoosier tires, hoping to alleviate the poor handling conditions. With the lap count dwindling, Smith rallied from 15th to cross the finish line in 7th. The finish was Smith's third top ten finish in his last four ARCA starts.
Smith will be back behind the wheel of a Venturini Motorsports entry at the Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 150 on October 1st.
QUOTING JESSE SMITH
(On his weekend at Chicagoland Speedway): "We had a real good practice. We thought we were one of the best cars there on used tires, and the lap times showed it. Qualified second, which was great. We were good starting off the race...then after a few laps, the car was super loose in the middle to off the corner. We made majors changes that helped, but did not completely fix the problem. We came in and made final adjustments late in the race, and it helped out some, we just ran out of time towards the end. Then we picked up about eight spots in ten laps. We'll go to Kansas test there for the upcoming race, and get the car where it needs to be to win."