(Photo: Ryan Smith in action in Western Australia – Peter Roebuck Photography Credit)
The “Kunkletown Kid” victorious in Australia, third in final USA/Western Australia Speedweek standings
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
KUNKLETOWN, PA (January 9, 2018) – The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith represented his Pennsylvania fanbase well during his inaugural trip Down Under, participating in a series of Western Australia Speedweek events stretching from December 26 until January 6. Smith, who piloted an entry under the Kendrick Racing banner, earned three podium finishes during his stint across the globe, which included a victory at Quit Bunbury City Speedway in Bunbury, Western Australia.
In addition to his first-ever Australian triumph, Smith finished second to teammate, Jason Kendrick, during a start at Perth Motorplex in Perth, capping off his trip with a third place finish back at Quit Bunbury City Speedway on Saturday, January 6. Smith’s trio of podium performances was enough to solidify a third place finish in the final Western Australia vs. USA Sprint Car Speedweek standings.
“What a trip. That was an experience i’ll never forget,” Ryan Smith explained, who will return to the United States just in time to participate in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. “Kendrick Racing gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and I am most grateful for it. Kicking off the 2018 season with great finishes is Australia is just what I needed. There is no better way to prepare for the rest of the year.”
Ryan Smith will continue his 2018 campaign with Chili Bowl Midget Nationals competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The pilot of the SFH Racing Development/Harding Group/Beast Chassis/Speedway Mopar/Speedway Indoor Karting/1911 Grill/Speedway Customs/No. 69F midget sprint car will begin his Chili Bowl Nationals championship quest with preliminary action on Wednesday evening, January 10.
For the fourth year, the Chili Bowl Nationals will be shown online via http://www.racinboys.com. All four nights of qualifying action (Jan 9-12) will be available for pay-per-view purchase. Saturday night’s finale (Jan 13) will be shown Live on the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For a complete listing of channels, and to request MAVTV, log onto http://www.mavtv.com.
Fans are encouraged to stay up to date with everything Ryan Smith at his official online home: www.ryansmithracing.com. Be sure to also follow Ryan Smith on all of the available social media networks including Twitter: @RyanSmithRacing and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSmith.TheKunkletownKid/?ref=br_rs
2017 Highlights: Finished fourth during All Star competition at Wayne County (OH) Speedway on July 1. During Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek, Ryan Smith finished fourth at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway, sixth at Williams Grove Speedway and tenth at Selinsgrove Speedway, each for Coldren Motorsports. Charged from 24th to fifth during Kings Royal main event on July 15. Earned a trio of top-ten finishes during 2017 I-79 Summer Shootout; fifth at Eriez (PA) Speedway, ninth at Tri-City Raceway Park (Hard Charger), and fifth at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Earned pair of All Star top five finishes at Outlaw Speedway (first) and Orange County Fair Speedway (ninth) on July 28-29. Finished 11th during inaugural Great Lakes Dirt Nationals at Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway. Finished second during All Star action at Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 17. Earned a pair of top-ten finishes in Ohio on September 2-3; eighth during Ohio Sprint Speedweek make-up event at Attica Raceway Park, followed by a seventh place finish during Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway. Earned two top-ten finishes during Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal (PA) Speedway; 10th on Friday and second during 50th Annual Tuscarora 50 finale. Earned back-to-back top-ten finishes on September 16-17 including an eighth place finish during the Jim Nace Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway/ninth place finish at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. Finished ninth at Wayne County (OH) Speedway on Saturday, October 7. Swept Double Down at Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway on Friday, October 13; won both features. Finished seventh during #LastCallForMethanol at Eldora Speedway. Finished 10th during World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to end 2017 season.
2017 All Star Wins: 3 (1 at Outlaw [NY] Speedway; 2 at Mansfield [OH] Motor Speedway)
2017 Stats: Earned 29 top-ten finishes in 46 Arctic Cat All Star starts. Ended year second in Arctic Cat All Star driver standings.
2018 Victories: 1 (1 at Quit Bunbury City Speedway in Bunbury, Western Australia)
Ryan Smith Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners including: The Warko Group/Auto Electric of Jupiter, FL/Rick’s Auto Body/Trent Gower Photography/Specialty Rigging/HP Engines/X-1 Race Cars/S&S Speedways/Quality Roofing Supply Company, Inc./C&B Chubby/Vahlco Wheels/GLT Electrical/Thunder on the Hill Racing Series/Armbruster Racing Photos
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