HSR Takes Second Podium of 2018
April 21, 2018
Hunter Smith and team rode into Snydersville Raceway with confidence. Coming off a 3rd place finish in their season debut, they were adamant in returning to the podium. On Friday, April 20, they did just that.
The night began with a practice session where Smith found himself near the top of the time sheets. After a pill draw, Hunter was able to start on the pole for the qualifying race. The no. 30 car led the first half of the heat, but would ultimately finish in the 3rd position, placing them in the 3rd place starting position for the feature.
"The car was great in the heat race. I definitely think we had the winning car, I just got moved out of the racing line and being that this is a one lane track, once that happens hear, you're just a sitting duck. It's like losing the draft at Daytona or Talladega. I'm happy it was in the heat and we only lost 2 spots."
The feature would go flag-to-flag with no cautions and very little change in position. Hunter would start and finish in the 3rd position. This marks the teams second 3rd place finish of 2018 in as many starts.
"In previous years, I would be very unhappy with 3rd place. However, to finish 3rd again shows me we are on the right path. At the moment we only have enough of a budget for about 3 more races, so these podium finishes go a long way in helping us find partners and show them some value. Hopefully we can lock something down soon that will help us get those 1st and 2nd place finishes."
Smith Returns with Third Place Finish
April 14, 2018
The 2018 season started off a positive note for HSR and Hunter Smith. After introducing the Return to Roots Tour, Smith began his journey back to where his racing career started. On April 13, HSR headed to Snydersville Raceway, the site of Hunter's first race, win, and championship.
"I have been back here a few times since we ran here full-time in 2009 and 2010. We've run a couple of one-off races and I've coached some of the kids here, but we haven't attacked this place in a serious and competitive manner in about 8 years."
Friday the 13th would see a roller coaster night for Smith & team. After their pill draw, Hunter would start in the 2nd position for the night's heat race. Through a series of cautions and traffic, Smith would fall to as low as 8th during the qualifying race, but was able to gather a 6th place finish. This would line the no. 30 car up in the 6th position for the night's feature. In a feature that saw 1 caution, resulting in a red flag, Hunter would move up 3 places to finish 3rd.
"I'm really happy. I haven't even seen this place since June of 2017 and this car hasn't been run since then. To come out and finish 3rd is huge for our family."
Biena Joins HSR for 2018 Season
April 4, 2018
Biena snack brand will join the partner lineup for Hunter Smith and Hunter Smith Racing in 2018. This will mark the first year that the Boston, MA based company will be involved in motorsports with HSR.
“It’s always fun to welcome a new partner to, not only our family, but to the sport as a whole,” said Smith. “Biena puts their focus on healthy living, and that directly fits in with our way of life .”
“As a driver who is constantly on the go, I am always looking for snacks that I won’t feel guilty about eating. As an athlete, I take pride in my health and I train too hard in the gym to let my diet just cancel it out. Biena’s snack line is PERFECT for myself and other athletes looking to satisfy their snack cravings. I’m really excited to work with them!”
About Biena: Biena is a small food company on a big mission. The company was founded by Poorvi Patodia. While Poorvi was pregnant, she searched for a healthier way to satisfy her snack cravings. After experimenting with roasted chickpeas in her own kitchen, Biena was created. Poorvi officially launched Biena in 2012. Biena snacks are non-GMO, all-natural, and are made from scratch right in the USA. You can find Biena brand snacks in over 15,000 retail locations nationwide. For more info an a store locator, please visit www.bienasnacks.com!
Hunter Smith set for "Return to Roots Tour"
April 2, 2018
Hunter Smith and his family owned Hunter Smith Racing team have released plans for their “Return to Roots Tour” during the 2018 racing season.
The tour gets its title from the concept of returning to the team’s roots in motorsports. As such, Smith will return on a regular basis to the racetrack where he started his career – Snydersville Raceway – with the exact race car that gave him his very first start, win and championship in racing.
Various other race tracks are also in the team’s racing plans for the upcoming season and will be released as finalized.
Not only will HSR be returning to its roots, but the team also plans to shine a spotlight on the history of auto racing, as well as the background of its partners and sponsors, through social media and other campaigns.
“I am so excited for this. I’ve been holding on to this idea for a long time and the pieces just came together to make it happen,” said Smith. “I’m ready to get back to driving on a regular basis and being at the track.”
“Our main goal with this whole tour is to bring the camaraderie back to racing and to really shed a light on many of our local race tracks. We want people to know we are coming and to get excited about it. I’ll be up in the stands with fans, coming into announcer booths, helping out the younger kids … things like that. There’s a ton of potential for this deal and I can’t wait to see where it take us.”
The tour will kick off on April 6 at Snydersville Raceway.
For more information on Hunter Smith or the “Return to Roots Tour”, visit www.huntersmith-racing.com.
NEXT LEVEL Tire Management Joins HSR
March 22, 2018
NEXT LEVEL Tire Management will join HSR as a technical level partner in 2018. NEXT LEVEL Tire Management will provide tire services & treatments to HSR throughout the season. HSR has worked closely with NEXT LEVEL Tire Management’s parent company, Caleb Clinard Racing, since 2016. However, this will be the first year of the NEXT LEVEL/HSR partnership.
About NEXT LEVEL Tire Management: NEXT LEVEL Tire Management, based in Stokesdale, North Carolina, offers tire prep, cutting, and slow motion analysis services to all forms of motorsports. NEXT LEVEL Tire Management has worked with a handful of racers including Scott Bloomquist and Niki Zak. The NEXT LEVEL Tire Management team works WITH their racers to ensure proper use of their products and services.
EM Signs Returns to HSR
March 16, 2018
EM Signs will return as a technical level partner to Hunter Smith Racing in 2018. This will mark the second year the company, based in Newton, NJ, will be a part of the HSR family of partners. The partnership will be highlighted by EM Signs' graphic work on the no. 30 car and team hauler.
About EM Signs: Since 2009, EM Signs has been installing distinctive, high quality signage to promote products and services for the business community. With the capability of producing large-format digitally printed signs and graphics, they can make sure your business catches many eyes!
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