Smith To Debut In No. 94 At World Finals
AKRON, Ohio – Ryan Smith, who has spent the last two seasons under the mentorship of Donnie Kreitz Jr. driving the team’s No. 69 410 sprint car, will be leaving the team to step into the role as full time driver of the No. 94 for Rob Warko Racing.
This fills a void made by RWR’s long time driver Matt Mountz, who is leaving to take time off from racing. Smith starts in his new role as driver starting Nov. 7-9 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World of Outlaws World Finals.
Smith, who has won in every division he has ever raced since the age of 13, is still looking for that first 410 sprint car win. Smith came close at Williams Grove on Sept. 27, running a very game second in the nights feature to his team leader and winner Donnie Kreitz Jr. Kreitz in his celebration speech even commented on Smith’s focus to win.
“He’s really done a good job,” said Kreitz. “He’s really focused. They are doing a good job with the car and he’s doing a really good job driving. Tonight, he had a new frame. We did too actually. That never hurts. That really helped Ryan because he was running a car from last year.”
Smith, who owned and funded the cars he has driven while with Kreitz, feels the education he received was priceless. Smith’s parents Randy and Denise Smith who are both accomplished drivers in their own right have encouraged Ryan and his younger sister Shannon who is also an accomplished dirt driver to be involved in the family businesses. As owners of S&S Speedways the Smith Family also promotes and manages Hamlin Speedway. Ryan has had a well rounded education, covering everything from driving, car set up, sales, public relations and dirt track preparation.
Armed with an education few will ever get, Smith feels now is the time to command a team of his own. The last two seasons were limited on budget but high on education. Excited to get started with his new team, Ryan Smith knows he races against great drivers and teams every weekend as part of the famed “Pennsylvania Posse”. He also knows to be competitive you need the right budget. Smith is confident with his move to Rob Warko Racing.
Smith adds,“RWR and Warko Group have been running sprint cars for many years and are a first rate team with top rate equipment. We will be introducing the team to 410 competition as their previous focus had been on the 305 and 358 divisions” Smith brings along with him members of his crew from 2013, as well as many of his sponsors.
“The crew and I are working hard for this show in Charlotte. Anytime you race with the outlaws you are racing against the best in the business. We’re confident we have built a winning team and are very excited to get started.” Smith continues, “I’m looking forward to working with Rob, the crew and this new team. The energy in the shop is just amazing and everyone is anxious to get this car on the track!”