What were you doing at 16?
Most of us were probably tackling 10th grade, adolescence and learning how to drive. If we were lucky, we had been driving for a while and getting the hang of it. Not to say that we were professionals, but getting the hang of it none the less.
A particular 16-year-old boy from Georgia has certainly gotten the hang of driving. Chandler Smith turns 17 soon and he is certainly making a name for himself in the racing world. He has already captured his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series at the Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin. He did that when he was just 15 – barely legal to drive.
His second win came shortly thereafter at Salem Speedway in Indiana, where he led 199 of the race’s 200 laps. He has been embraced by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team owner Kyle Busch. Busch just signed Smith to run a limited event schedule in his NASCAR Trucks and Super Late Models this 2019 season.
When asked about the opportunities he has been presented, Smith said, “It’s very humbling to have all of these opportunities on the table, and I can pick and choose what pathway I am going to take. I am grateful for all of the people around me. I have finally gotten to the age and the maturity when I realize this is a big deal. There is no one I know that is my age that has the opportunities I have. I have some bigger opportunities than some Cup drivers right now. I am really trying to stay humble about it.”
If you are into racing, no doubt you have heard of him. If not, he is one to keep an eye on. He is certainly doing big things in the racing world.