Jack Smith looks to be a top contender for the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts championship. Returning drivers have much to look forward to this upcoming 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM...
Jack Smith looks to be a top contender for the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts championship.
Returning drivers have much to look forward to this upcoming 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts. Perhaps no one has more on the line however, during the season opener than that of Wadsworth, Ohio driver, Jack Smith. Not only will Smith come into the 2005 season opener as the defending race winner, but his new car owner and main sponsor, Greg Urbine and UB Machine are the title sponsor for the UB Machine 100 set for May 6-7 at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
"We are 110% going after the championship; it's going to be real tough though with the talent that's coming in the series from the National tour and the returning guys." Said Smith when asked about his plans for the upcoming 2005 campaign. "I am really looking forward to this season; this is probably the best opportunity I've ever had for a chance at a championship." Smith continued. "Over my career, I didn't get a chance for any series or track championships, until last season, my Dad would never let me stay long enough at one place because, as he says, if you stay at one place too long, you'll drive like that everywhere else you go." Smith then commented. "We want to be consistent this season, I really love the new 6400 rpm chip rule mainly so the motors live longer, especially with my motor problems of last year, we were always up front though and we always ran well."
In 2004, Jack made the racing world stand up and take notice with his impressive win at Baer Field IN. Smith would lead all 100 laps to score his first career series feature victory over hometown hero, Tommy Cook. Overall, the Wadsworth, Ohio driver, near Akron, Ohio, picked up three top five showings along-with seven top 10s on his way to a fifth place finish in the final point's chase. Smith was also a dominant force at the Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway where in 2004 he won the first three races of the season in the Late Models division before the 2004 ASA Late Models opener in Madison WI. Later in the year, Smith would then win the Cavalcade end of the year special also at Mansfield. Smith also has the highest all-time feature wins at the immaculate ½ mile high-banked paved oval.
Smith comes into the 2005 series opener at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the defending race winner. Last season, the race at Baer Field IN was known as the First General Homes 100 and Smith would lead all 100 laps to score his first career series win. "That was a great deal, the car was phenomenal, and we led all 100 laps, so that was great!" Smith offered when asked about his big win a year ago. "Some people might say I started on the pole so it was easy, but I'd still rather be lucky than good." Smith continued. "I really want to win the opener and defend my win for UB Machine, Greg (Urbine) is only 10 minutes away from the track and it would make all of us real proud!" Continued Smith.
This will not be the first time that Smith and Urbine have teamed up; Smith has also run with the now defunct ASA National tour in a UB Machine entry, recording a career high of 10th at Dover (DE) International Speedway in 2001. Over his 20-year career, Jack has also seen time in the Main Event Racing Series, winning once at Columbus (MI) Motor Speedway in 1999 and has ran throughout his career at tracks all over the state of Florida until 1994 when he moved to Ohio.
Smith will be very busy during the 2005 season, in addition to his championship run in the ASA Late Model Series; he also works in the body shop for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck teams of Matt Crafton and Tracy Hines as part of ThorSport Racing out of Sandusky, Ohio. As for his racing schedule, look for Smith to make his NASCAR Craftsman Trucks debut at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway and he will also run some select CRA Super Series shows as well.
The 2005 season for Smith will see the Buckeye State driver piloting a Ford Taurus owned by Greg Urbine of UB Machine, for a run at the 2005 ASA Late Model Series championship. UB Machine will also sponsor the 2005 door opener for the series at Baer Field (IN) Speedway on May 6-7, the UB Machine 100. UB Machine, Inc. is a major manufacturer of suspension components and chassis bracketry for stock race cars. Their parts are used by most major chassis builders throughout the United States and on many of the NASCAR Nextel Cup cars! For more information on UB Machine, log onto their website at: www.ubmachine.com for more information on the upcoming 2005 season with the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, log onto: www.asalatemodels.com