Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 at Darlington Raceway

No. 81 Smith General Contracting Toyota GR Supra News and Notes:

  • SMITH AT DARLINGTON: Chandler Smith has two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at Darlington Raceway with a best finish of 12th. He also has four NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS) starts at the Lady in Black with one top-10 finish.
  • PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Two weeks ago at Dover Motor Speedway, Smith collected another top-10 finish when he finished in seventh place. Smith had a consistent day at the Monster Mile, finishing Stage 1 in seventh and Stage 2 in eighth. The driver of the 81 still remains in control of the NXS driver points standings, one point head of Cole Custer.
  • ON THE PITBOX: Crew Chief of the No. 81, JeffMeendering has visited Victory Lane 10 times as a NXS crew chief, most recently with Smith at Richmond in March 2024. His teams have collected 65 top-five finishes, 133 top-10 finishes, and 13 pole positions under his leadership.
  • JGR AT DARLINGTON: Joe Gibbs Racing has made 86 NXS starts at Darlington Raceway since 1998. Drivers have combined for 12 wins, 39 top-five finishes, and 54 top-10 finishes. The organization has 10 pole awards and 1,494 laps led. Denny Hamlin won the most recent NXS race at Darlington in the JGR No. 19.
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Smith’s 2024 NXS Season.

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  • RACE INFO: The Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 is scheduled for 1:30 PM EST on Saturday, May 11. Coverage of the race will be on Fox Sports 1, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, and available to stream on the FOX Sports app.

From the Driver’s Seat:

Chandler Smith: “Darlington is a track I really want to perform well on. We’ve been working on Darlington in the sim and at the shop, so I feel like this weekend is a good opportunity to finally get a solid finish.”

Smith’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Darlington Raceway:

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Smith’s 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

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Smith’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

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About Joe Gibbs Racing:

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Cup Series teams, four NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, an ARCA Series team, and a driver development program. JGR is based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by 2020 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, capturing more than 400 wins over that span. No team has more combined wins across the sport’s three national series in the history of NASCAR. In addition, JGR has won five Cup Series championships along with four Xfinity Series driver championships and six Xfinity Series owner’s championships. The organization also has captured four Daytona 500 titles, considered to be NASCAR’s premier event each season.