Xfinity Series driver Sammy Smith will take control of the No. 8 NASCAR Chevy Camaro, fielded by JR Motorsports (JRM), in the division next year. Currently, Smith races for Joe Gibbs Racing, piloting the No. 18 Toyota TRD Supra, but he will part ways with the Japanese automaker in favor of The Bow Tie in 2024.
“Sammy is a great fit for our program and will mesh well with our other drivers,” said JRM team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. “He’s a young, talented racer who’s willing to learn and carries himself with a lot of professionalism. He has a bright future ahead. I’m excited for our team to help him continue his journey.”
So far, 19-year-old Smith has spent two years in the Xfinity Series, earning one win at Phoenix Raceway earlier this year. He’s also accumulated six top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes. He’s also currently eligible for the 2023 Xfinity Series Playoffs.
Smith began his racing career at just eight years old, driving go-karts, Legend cars, Late Models and Super Late Models before competing in the ARCA Menards Series and Truck Series. He has two championships in ARCA, and 15 wins to show for his efforts in the division.
“I am very appreciative for the support of Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation and all my partners that help make this happen,” said Smith in a statement. “The opportunity to race for JR Motorsports is one I am looking forward to and cannot wait to see what we all accomplish together.”
The 2023 Xfinity season marks the final for Josh Berry, who currently drives the No. 8 NASCAR Chevy that Smith will assume control of next year. Berry will join the Cup Series in 2024, where he will drive the No. 4 Ford Mustang in place of Kevin Harvick, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2023 season.