Chandler Smith – No. 18 Safelite Tundra TRD Pro Camping World Trucks Kansas Preview

  • Chandler Smith and Team 18 Savelllet head to Kansas Speedway for the final round of 10 race, having already secured their tickets to the eighth with Smith’s win at Richmond, Virginia. Smith dominated the middle race in the Round of 10, driving 176 of the last 177 laps, and took the Stage 2 victory, victory and adding six playoff points that would take him to the quarter-finals. The win was Smith’s third in 2022 and the fifth of his career. Starting with his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Bristol last September, he has racked up five wins, 11 in the top five, and 15 in the top 10 in his last 23 games.

  • Toyota Racing Development producer produced three wins in 2022: the second race of the season at Las Vegas (Nevada) Motor Speedway, the regular season finale at Pocono Raceway (Pa.) and the series’ final stop in Richmond. Across 18 truck series starting this season, Smith has scored eight top five spots and 12 of the top 10 spots. It ranks first among regular truck series players in average running position (8.676), number of laps completed (2,469) and quality of passes (575), Second place in average finish (8.8), laps (334) and fastest lap (180), and third in driver classification (103.2).

  • The 20-year-old driver has three previous truck series starting at Kansas Speedway with the best result coming in at fourth earlier this season. He placed fifth in October of 2020 and May 11 in 2021, with an average finishing average of 6.7 in his three starts. Smith had an average finish of 5.0 across five starts on the mile-and-a-half trails in the Truck Series in 2022 and finished within the top ten of the five.

  • Team 18 will unload the KBM-75 for Friday night’s race in Kansas, the same truck that Smith controlled at Pocono Raceway in July for its first rally start.

  • Smith played the playoffs last year in his first full-time campaign as the 10th seed. He advanced to the quarter-finals with a must-win win at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in the final race of the round of 10. He found himself in another position he must win in the final race at the quarter-finals at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway and saw the end of his playoff when He took fourth place. As a consolation prize, he won the pole and swept all three stages in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Final at Phoenix Raceway (Ariz.).
  • The Georgia driver was named NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year in 2021 after racking up two wins, one pole, 213 laps, six of the top five and nine of the top 10 in his first full-time season. He earned his first truck series win at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in September 2021. Across 56 truck series starts, the Toyota Racing Development driver scored five wins, one pole, 640 laps, 22 top five and 30 finishes from the top 10, resulting in an average termination of 13.0.

  • Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman will once again call up Smith and Team 18 in 2022. Stockman’s drivers have racked up eight wins at KBM since he joined the organization in 2020, including four with Smith behind the wheel. The veteran crew chief took home the Truck Series Championship with Austin Dillon in 2011 and also won the Xfinity Series Championship with Dillon in 2013. The Stockman drivers produced two top five and four top ten finishes, resulting in an average finish of 8.6 across Seven trucks. The series begins in Kansas. His best result was a fourth-place finish earlier this season with Smith. In the Xfinity Series movement, his drivers complied with three poles, three in the top five and four of the top five, including second place with Austin Dillon (2012) and Daniel Hemrick (2018).

  • Safelite, the nation’s largest provider of auto glass repair, replacement and recalibration services, is back at KBM for a fifth season and will be the primary sponsor of Smith’s Tundra TRD Pro Tundra for 16 races this year, including Friday’s race in Kansas. Charge Me will serve as co-sponsor on Smith’s No. 18 Tundra TRD Pro bed deck this weekend. Charge Me was founded on the principle that the electric vehicle (EV) revolution will require robust infrastructure support at all levels.

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