Smith Undaunted By Entry List; Only a Top Ten at Nashville Will Suffice: GR Smith is not concerned about the entry list for this weekend's PFG Lester 150 at the Nashville Superspeedway, his only concern is earning no less than a top ten finish at...
Smith Undaunted By Entry List; Only a Top Ten at Nashville Will Suffice: GR Smith is not concerned about the entry list for this weekend's PFG Lester 150 at the Nashville Superspeedway, his only concern is earning no less than a top ten finish at the conclusion of the race. Smith, a rookie to the 1.33-mile concrete speedway, knows that he has one of the most competitive teams and race cars behind him for this race and is worried more about earning a solid finish than who is lined up behind his No. 75 Ford Taurus.
"It really doesn't matter to me whether there are 64 drivers or 164 drivers because when the green flag flies I am really only concerned with who the next car is in front of me that I need to pass for position," said Smith. "Bob (Schacht) has brought a great race car back to Nashville for me and we had a solid test session last week. I messed up on the mock qualifying run that we made otherwise I know we would have been in the top five as far as the test times."
"This is a pretty tricky race track compared to some that I have run on," said Smith. "It is my first concrete track and for as fast of a track as this is, I found that I had to slow down more in order to hit my marks and get the faster lap times. I feel like I could not be here with a better race team especially when you look at how well the Bob Schacht Motorsport's cars have run here at Nashville over the years. When we tested we were primarily in race trim and coming back with a newer motor with a lot more horsepower should make us even better."
Smith will be piloting the No. 75 Morris Iron & Steel Company Ford that was driven to a second place starting position by Stuart Kirby last fall at Nashville. Kirby was able to lead several laps in the event before a mechanical failure forced him to the garage area. Smith feels like this will be his weekend to break through in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition.
"There are some people that think my goals for this season are a little too lofty," said Smith. "But we are in such quality equipment that anything outside of the top ten will be a disappointment. I know that I am just as capable as any driver in this series and teaming with Bob Schacht only makes the package stronger. Daytona was a good run for us until we got tangled up in the big wreck at the end and I know there are a lot of top ten finishes in our future. Morris Iron & Steel Company was on board with us in Daytona as a sponsor and we hope to given them another strong showing, but sponsorship is so important to motorsports and we feel like strong runs will only help to attract more sponsors so we can compete at additional events this season."
The PFG Lester 150 will take the green flag at 1:00pm ET on Saturday, March 26 and will be televised live on SPEED Channel.