Tim Smith has raced in four NASCAR Grand National West Division races this year for S & S Motorsports. He shares seat time with co-owner/driver Steve Schaefer. It has gotten to the point at the track that other teams walk up to the S & S motor home just to find out who is driving. Perhaps the reason for such concern from other teams is because Smith has worked his way into having the best average finish among rookie drivers in the West Division.
Smith’s first race in the West Division for 2004 was in Stockton, Ca. A fifth place finish was the result of the weekend’s efforts. Monroe, Wa was the site of Smith’s next race. After hitting the wall in turn one, Smith salvaged a fourteenth place finish (his worst so far this season). Smith then returned to Stockton and scored his best finish so far with a third place and the first podium finish for S & S. Last weekend (Oct. 17), Smith drove his Monte Carlo into sixth position by the end of the 150 lap October Classic at Mesa Marin Raceway.
The S & S crew has a goal to get Smith on the podium again this weekend at his first race at Irwindale Speedway. This time, the crew wants to get Smith to the top of the podium. “We’ve started every race with a tight race car. This weekend’s race at Irwindale will see a slightly different set up package than we have previously run,” says crew chief Mark Ramero.
Smith says, “I’m going to push the car as far as it will go. Then Mark is going to figure out a way for me to push it a little further.”