Smith Aims To Win On Home Turf
HIBBING, Minn. – In February, Brady Smith launched his race season with a stellar showing in World of Outlaws Late Model Series events more than 1,500 miles from his Solon Springs, Wis. home.
With the WoO LMS set to invade the Upper Midwest for its annual Wild West Tour July 10-18, Smith is aiming to find even more success as he returns to the national tour on familiar ground.
“It’s always nice to race closer to home, said Smith, 37, who notched a victory and two more top-three finishes in five WoO LMS races when the series opened its season with a stretch of Florida Speedweeks events at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.
“These Wild West Tour races arent all right in my backyard, but theyre definitely a lot closer than some of the places weve traveled before to race with the Outlaws. Thats why Ive always enjoyed doing the Wild West Tour, getting the Outlaws guys at some of the tracks up here.”
Smith, a frequent interloper on the WoO LMS and a former series regular, will begin his extended return to the series in the Wild West Tour opener Thursday (July 10) at Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minn. From Hibbing, Smith will follow the series to Deer Creek Speedway (July 12) in Spring Valley, Minn., Brown County Speedway (July 15) in Aberdeen, S.D., and River Cities Speedway (July 18) in Grand Forks, N.D.
With significant experience at three of the four ovals that make up this years four-race Wild West Tour, Smith hopes to make the most of the slight advantage hell have over the traveling stars of the WoO LMS who have limited experience at those tracks.
Smith will enjoy perhaps the biggest leg up on the WoO LMS regulars at Thursdays Wild West Tour opener at Hibbing Raceway.
Located roughly two hours from his home, the 3/8-mile clay oval has produced at least one victory for Smith in each of the past three seasons in spec-engine Late Model action. Meanwhile, the majority of the WoO LMS regulars will make their first ever appearance at Hibbing as the track hosts its inaugural WoO LMS event.
“I’ve definitely got more laps (at Hibbing) than any of the other racetracks we’re gonna hit (on the Wild West Tour), said Smith, who will compete at Hibbing for the first time since switching to a Rocket Chassis over the offseason. We’ve been pretty successful there with our other cars. We’ve got new Rocket cars, which I’ve never been there with. But still, I feel like I know the racetrack pretty well.”