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Smithley Returns to Premium for Michigan Cup Race

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent

One year removed from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut, Garrett Smithley returns to Michigan International Speedway with Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Premium Motorsports.

The FireKeepers Casino 400 will mark Smithley’s seventh career Cup Series race. It will be just his second with the Jay Robinson-owned Premium Motorsports. Smithley will replace his JD Motorsports teammate Ross Chastain in the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Smithley will also compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series LTi Printing 250 with Victory Lane Quick Oil Change onboard his JD Motorsports No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

In his six previous starts, Smithley’s best career finish to date is 32nd, at both Michigan last year and Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year. Although he has two previous starts at Michigan, there are many unknowns with the 550-horsepower, high downforce aero package at the 2.0-mile track.

“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the No. 15 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chevrolet this weekend,” Smithley said. “Michigan is a big, fast, wide racetrack with a ton of room to spread out and find a good racing line.

“It’s a special race track for me because that’s where I made my Cup Series debut in 2018 and we were fortunate enough to have Victory Lane on board that weekend, as well. I’m proud to have Kendall Motor Oil, Bucks Oil and TrueBrand along for the ride.”

Victory Lane Quick Oil Change has sponsored Smithley in three of his previous six starts. The company also sponsored David Starr in the Xfinity Series for two races of the 2017 season.

“As an automotive preventive maintenance retailer, it just makes sense to continue our partnership in NASCAR and share our love of cars with fellow enthusiasts,” explained Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chief Executive Officer Justin Cialella.

“It’s a truly engaging way to interact with our customers, franchisees, and employees to promote the Victory Lane Quick Oil Change brand. We are excited to continue our sponsorship of Garrett Smithley for the 2019 season.”

Smithley has three Xfinity Series starts at Michigan. His best finish in the Xfinity Series at the Brooklyn, MI track was 17th during his rookie season in 2016.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.