Inside Line Promotions – ROSSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 12, 2015) – Ryan Smith wrapped up his first year competing with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions last Saturday at Eldora Speedway, where he capped the season with a 15th-place result.
That secured a seventh-place finish in the championship standings for Smith, who ended the season tied for third in the victory column with three.
“For the most part we had a great year,” he said. “It was a great experience hitting new tracks and getting more experience. We had some close ones and a lot of top fives. I’d say to put a grade on the year it’d be an A-minus. I think we could have had a better Ohio Speedweek, but it’s a tough deal. Overall I’d say we had a good year.”
The All Star season finale began with Smith qualifying 15thquickest, which ranked fourth in his group. That put him on the pole of a heat race at the high-banked track.
“We were in position and the motor just stumbled a little on the start,” he said. “When it got going I spun the tires real bad. I was lined up with two slick track aces with Greg Wilson and Gary Taylor. I just didn’t get the start I needed to hold them off. Once I settled in I wasn’t too bad, but that’s a totally different style of racing there.”
Smith dropped to third on the opening lap and he finished in that position to miss a spot in the dash by only one spot. However, it locked him into the main event, which he started on the outside of the eighth row.
“In the feature I started near the back and got rolling pretty good in the middle of the race,” he said. “I was up to 11th or 12th at one point and we had a couple of late yellows. I couldn’t get going at the end and backed up a bit. However, we finished the year off with a top 15. It was about getting laps at that place.”
Smith is currently undecided about his racing plan for this weekend.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 10 – Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio – Qualifying: 15; Heat race: 3 (1); Feature: 15 (16).
SEASON STATS –
59 races, 3 wins, 14 top fives, 24 top 10s, 36 top 15s, 46 top 20s
UP NEXT –
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Here is a link to Smith’s first career All Star Circuit of Champions victory on April 4 at Attica Raceway Park: https://youtu.be/nBIxI_tNFyc
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – S&S Speedways
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“It’s the best indoor slick track for go-karts in Eastern Pennsylvania,” Smith said. “It really simulates dirt track racing. It’s a fun place for a family to have a great time out.”
Smith would also like to thank Warko Group, Quality Roofing Supply, G.L.T. Electrical, CnB Chubby, Fighting Angels Foundation, East Coast Helicopter Tours, Armbruster Racing Photos, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, HP Engines, Pancho’s Racing Products, GME Steering and Vahlco Racing Wheels for their continued support.