Sammy Smith, a proven winner in the lower divisions of stock car racing, is making the moves necessary to continue his rise through the ranks of NASCAR.
Across three years competing in Legend Cars, Smith amassed 31 race victories across eight different race tracks. The Des Moines native won the championship at Texas Motor Speedway’s weeklong Big Top Nationals in 2018, and narrowly missed out on a national championship, finishing second in International Touring points and fourth in INEX points, thanks to a season that included 23 victories and a 3.9-place average finish in 65 starts.
In 2019, Smith turned his attention to Late Model racing, where he pocketed a Pro Late Model championship in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.’s World Series of Asphalt and two race victories while also winning the prestigious Governor’s Cup event.
Sammy spent the 2020 season driving Super Late Models (SLM) under the Kyle Busch Motorsports banner in the No. 51 TMC Transportation Toyota Camry. Alongside winning the first night of competition at the World Series of Asphalt held at New Smyrna Speedway, Smith was recruited as a Toyota Racing Development (TD2) driver.
2021 will see Smith take on another year of Super Late Model competition behind the wheel of the No. 22 TMC Transportation Toyota Camry for Donnie Wilson Motorsports, as well as his debut season in the ARCA Menards Series East with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team and Engine Ice. The teenager has already found victory lane in each series this season, including dominant performances at 5 Flags Speedway, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, and Southern National Motorsports Park in his first five ARCA East starts. The wins followed Smith’s photo-finish, second-place effort in his ARCA debut.