HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 9, 2022) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Thursday that Sammy Smith will run eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra in 2022.
Road America on July 2, 2022 will serve as Smith’s Xfinity Series debut with Allstate Peterbilt Group on the hood as the primary partner for the race. Smith will also race in seven other Xfinity Series races this year jumping behind the wheel of the No. 18 at Pocono on July 23, Michigan on August 6, Watkins Glen on August 20, Kansas on September 10, Bristol on September 16, Martinsville on October 29, and in the season finale at Phoenix on November 5.
“Sammy has impressed at every level of his racing career,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President/Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. “We believe Sammy will continue to excel and look forward to supporting him as he expands his 2022 schedule to include eight races in the Xfinity Series with the Joe Gibbs Racing No.18 team led by crew chief Jason Ratcliff.”
Pilot Flying J, TMC, Allstate Peterbilt Group, Renda Group, and Sinclair Tractor will all support Smith and the No. 18 GR Supra throughout his eight races with JGR with Pilot Flying J and Allstate Peterbilt Group serving as primary partners.
Smith is currently at the top of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East standings after earning three wins – New Smyrna, Pensacola, and Nashville – in the first four races of the season.
Smith won the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East championship as well as Rookie of the Year honors while driving for JGR. He won three races, earned seven top-5s, seven top-10s, averaged a 4.3 finishing place, and earned one pole position.
The Toyota Racing Development driver has competed in four ARCA Menards Series races over the past two seasons earning three top-5s, one pole, and 601 laps led.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to run the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing,” Smith said. “Making the jump to this level is huge for me and my career, and I’m thankful for all of my partners and supporters that have helped me get here.”
Sammy Smith/No. 18 Toyota GR Supra Schedule
July 2 – Road America
July 23 – Pocono
August 6 – Michigan
August 20 – Watkins Glen
September 10 – Kansas
September 16 – Bristol
October 29 – Martinsville
November 5 – Phoenix
About Pilot Flying J:
Pilot Flying J, the largest network of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. The Pilot Flying J Travel Center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 680 restaurants, 75,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and offers truck maintenance and tire service through Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. Details on locations, amenities and rewards are available in the myRewards PlusTM app. More information on Pilot Flying J is available at http://www.pilotflyingj.com.
Pilot Flying J is part of the Pilot Company family of brands. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. For additional information about Pilot Company, its 28,000 team members and commitment to giving back, visit http://www.pilotcompany.com.
About Allstate Peterbilt Group:
Celebrating 50 years of excellent service in 2021 and yet another Peterbilt dealer of the year award in 2022. Today with twenty plus locations throughout the upper Midwest, Allstate Peterbilt Group is among the fastest growing and most successful truck dealer groups in the nation. At Allstate Peterbilt we never lose sight of what made all of it possible, we focus on offering everything our customers need to run their business successfully: a wide selection of new and used trucks for every application, an unmatched inventory of parts for every make and model, rental and finance options for all kinds of trucks and trailers, and mobile and in-store service solutions. We offer a one stop solution for any trucking need.
Allstate Peterbilt Group is proud to support the 3 ½ million truck drivers that move our goods across the United States with our truck sales, parts, service, and mobile service divisions in the upper Midwest. Mostly, we are excited to be part of an industry that keeps American moving.
About Joe Gibbs Racing:
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, and a driver development program. JGR is based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs, who also earned his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was named as one of the NFL’s top 10 coaches of all-time with a winning career that included three Super Bowl Championships as head coach of the Washington franchise. JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning five Cup Series championships and five Xfinity Series owner’s championships, along with more than 350 NASCAR races, including four Brickyard 400s and four Daytona 500s.