TELFORD, Pa. — A famous name is returning to a famous ride.
Team owners Chad and Jenn Clemens announced that Stevie Smith will pilot a black No. 19 sprint car in 40 races across the country for CJB Motorsports.
The New Oxford, Pa. native will see his first action of the season at the famed Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg, Pa. May 10.
“My wife and I are extremely pleased that we were able to put together this opportunity to bring Stevie and the black No. 19 back under the CJB Motorsports banner,” said Clemens, who also fields the No. 51 entry for World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series title contender Paul McMahan. “We got the chance to know Stevie quite well last year and have worked throughout the winter on a way to have him race for us in 2013. Stevie is a class act and one of the finest sprint car drivers you will find anywhere. It is a privilege to be apart of bringing the Black Bandit back to the race track.”
Smith is equally optimistic about the partnership.
“I’m very excited and thrilled that we were able to put together this deal to have the No. 19 car return,” explained Smith, who has over 200 career winged sprint car victories to his credit. “Chad and Jenn told me that would try to put something together and I’m very grateful that they could. It means quite a bit to have the black No. 19 back out on the track. Obviously we would love to run on a full-time schedule but this 40-race series will give us an opportunity to showcase what we are capable of.
“I’m excited to work Jeremy Mondock as well as Paul McMahan and Barry Jackson from the No. 51 car. They are running for the World of Outlaws championship and hopefully we can help them learn a few things as well. It will be a true two car effort with all of the knowledge being pooled together throughout the night.”
Smith will run in tandem with McMahan at 14 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events in addition to running the full Pennsylvania Speedweek and multiple UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions and local races.
With partners and a crew in place, the 2012 Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion and Knoxville Nationals polesitter has a clear vision of the future.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a long career in racing,” said Smith. “I’m at a stage in my life where I want to win a lot of races and I believe that all the pieces are in place for us to be a strong and, hopefully, winning car, night in and night out.”