ARCA SERIES BRINGS BROTHERS TOGETHER AGAIN AT TOLEDO Driver Brad Smith Joined By His Brother Jeff As Crew Chief Corydon, Indiana - Brad Smith, driver of ApplianceZone.com Racing's ...
ARCA SERIES BRINGS BROTHERS TOGETHER AGAIN AT TOLEDO
Driver Brad Smith Joined By His Brother Jeff As Crew Chief
Corydon, Indiana - Brad Smith, driver of ApplianceZone.com Racing's #26 Ford in the ARCA series, will see a familiar face in the pit when his brother Jeff assumes the role as Crew Chief during the Menard 200/ Federated Car Care race starting 2:00 p.m. this Sunday at Toledo Speedway.
The two brothers, both raised and still living in the Romeo, Michigan, area, have been involved in racing since youngsters -their father was a racing enthusiast and, briefly, a driver as well.
"My dad was a backyard mechanic that always had a passion for cars and he planted the seed for me and Jeff," Smith said. "We were too young to watch him race but attended many events with him at the old Mt. Clemens Race Track and got to see a number of the legendary Michigan drivers like Benny Parsons, Joy Fair, Ray Neece, Irv Baumgarten and others."
Although the two brothers collaborated in ARCA racing for many years, in recent years Jeff had other obligations that kept him from attending. The Toledo race is therefore a family reunion of sorts at the track -fans may get a glimpse of the "raw intensity" between the two siblings in a sport both pursue with great passion.
"Jeff is a very knowledgeable crew chief and a great fabricator," said Smith of his brother. "He also has a very good understanding of racing from a business perspective and is also calm under pressure and able to think quickly on his feet. When he's at the track he is the anchor of the team and I'm able to trust him completely with the car."
Smith's sponsor, ApplianceZone.com Racing, is glad the two brothers will be working together again. "One of the great things about stock car racing is that it truly is a family friendly sport," said ApplianceZone.com's CEO Jim Allen. "Families take part in it together - not only in the stands but in the pits too-and pass the enthusiasm from one generation to the next. As a family-owned and operated company selling appliance parts and accessories to other families, we enjoy being part of this aspect of racing."
-source: brad Smith PR