CONCORD, N.C. – Sixteen-year-old Chandler Smith will return to Venturini Motorsports next year for an 11-race schedule in the ARCA Racing Series.
Smith will compete in all of the series’ short track events as well as the second event at Pocono Raceway after he turns 17.
Smith leaped onto the scene back in April making his presence known early by racking up two wins and setting a new series’ record by winning four consecutive General Tire Pole Awards to start his career.
“Drivers with Chandler’s speed don’t come around all too often,” said Venturini Motorsports’ team owner Billy Venturini. “It’s been fun watching him mature and develop during his relatively short time in the series with Venturini Motorsports. I have high expectations for him to contend on a weekly basis next year for wins and poles.”
Competing in just nine of the tour’s 20 races in 2018, the Georgia native was a dominant force tallying 763-laps led during his limited schedule – beating out all full-time drivers and winning the series’ season-long Valvoline Lap Leader Award. With victories coming at both Madison and Salem, Smith’s recorded an average finishing position of 4.3 to compliment his average starting position of 3.3.
“I’m really excited about returning to the ARCA Series next season,” says Smith. “We had an awesome year with Venturini Motorsports, Toyota and Craftsman. We definitely have a lot to build on come next season. I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me this opportunity.”
“I never thought I’d have this type of success so fast coming into the ARCA series. You can’t take this for granted. Everyone puts a lot of hard work into this. Coming from super late models with a straight rail chassis instead of the perimeter rail chassis found on the ARCA car I thought it would take me longer to adjust. But Billy (Venturini) and Kevin Reed have taught me a lot and really helped out. It really says a lot about this entire Venturini Motorsports’ program. They give the driver everything they need to perform. Next year should be a lot of fun.”