Garrett Smithley closed out the 2018 Xfinity Series season with a 27th-place finish in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Smithley, driving the KSDT No. 0 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, raced in mid-pack much of the afternoon as he completed another year with the Gaffney, S.C.-based team.
The race was slowed by only two cautions – both for the end of stages.
“It was a fast race with a lot of fast cars up in the front group,” Smithley said. “Going green so long made it tougher on us to make up spots. But we brought home another car with a decent run.
“It’s been another interesting year with all the guys on the team. We’ve had some really good runs and some others where we should have gotten better spots, but the year was full of fun and a lot of learning.”
Tyler Reddick won Saturday’s race and the seasonal championship.
The 2019 Xfinity season will begin next February at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.