Georgia native Garrett Smithley started his racing career in late 2007. The then-15-year-old started driving Bandolero cars at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lanier National Speedway. After finishing his first year in the top 10 of the Young Guns Division, he then went on to win Rookie of the Year in 2008. He’s also won many other championship series all throughout the Southeast. That also includes U.S. Legends car series. Smithley’s success has garnered so much attention, that it’s landed him in the Richard Petty Driver Search – a national driver development program. After competing in the program, he was promoted in 2011 to become a driving instructor. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg…
Not only did Smithley catch the Richard Petty instructors’ attention, he also won the admiration of Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope. Cope put Smithley to the test by giving him an opportunity to make his stock car debut at Daytona.
Later in 2013 and 2014, Smithley competed in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards – where he completed four races. Three of the events were in 2013. His one start in 2014 for Wes Gonder was an 18th. He also planned to start for Rick Ware in 2014. But engine problems put a stop to that.
2015 was a big year for Smithley. To start, Smithley made his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the final race. Smithley started in the 34th position and finished 28th, driving the No. 70 Chevrolet Camaro for Derrike Cope Racing.
Also in 2015, Smithley started competing in the Camping World Truck Series – debuting at his home track: Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he drove No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado for MB Motorsports. For the total 2015 season, Smithley made three other starts, with a high finish of 14th while in Michigan.
At the top of 2016, he returned to Atlanta along with MB Motorsports – where he finished 18th. But in February 2016, Smithley announced a big change – that he’d be joining the JD Motorsports team to race cars. Driving the No. 0. Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro, he also competed for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year. For the season of 2016, Smithley raced in 32 of the 33 races (all but the PowerShares QQQ 300).
Currently, Garrett Smithley is a part-time racer in the Camping World Truck Series. But he’s still competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series full time. He, along with the JD Motorsports team, has high hopes for the upcoming season as he drives the “Number Nuthin’” Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro.
Not only is Smithley’s Flex Seal Family cheering him on, so are his fans. In fact, Smithley is an easily approachable fan favorite. His background in theater and singing has made him a rockstar in marketing and public speaking. Let’s go Number Nuthin’!