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Garrett Smithley to make Cup debut at Michigan UPDATE

UPDATE: Garrett's Smithley will compete in his first MENCS Race for StarCom Racing in the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, June 10 at Michigan International Speedway. Garrett will pilot SCR's 99 Victory Lane Chevy.

Garrett's racing career has come full circle, due in large part to the opportunities given by SCR Team manager, Derrike Cope. Garrett and Derrike have a relationship that started out back in 2013 while Garrett was a driver in Cope's Driver Development Program.

"Five years ago to the weekend, I made my stock debut in the ARCA series at Pocono, and now I'm getting a shot at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. It's surreal," said Garrett Smithley. "When you're a kid starting racing, the dream is to make it to the top. Victory Lane Oil, Showcase Auto Sales, and StarCom Racing are making that happen. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. It's also cool to work with Derrike Cope again. We have a long history together with him giving me my first opportunity to race ARCA and my first opportunity in the Xfinity Series. My goal is to finish all the laps and have a ton of fun doing it."

SCR and Garrett are proud to partner with Victory Lane Quick Oil Change, headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan, as the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Chevrolet. Victory Lane offers quick, full-service oil changes, as well as a full menu of other vehicle services. In addition, Victory Lane also offers Fleet Service, and is currently looking to expand with new franchise owners. For information about Victory Lane Quick Oil Change, www.victorylane.net.

"We are excited for a new partnership. It has been a pleasure watching Garrett develop over the past 5 years. SCR, myself and my wife Elyshia are delighted to welcome him back for his Cup debut and hopefully a solid run in the 99," said Team Manager Derrike Cope.

In addition, SCR & Garrett have partnered with associate sponsors Showcase Auto Sales and JAS Expedited Trucking LLC. Located in Chesaning, MI, Showcase Auto Sales is one of Michigan's largest used car dealerships. For more information or to shop Showcase's current inventory, visit www.showcaseautosalesllc.com.

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Original post: 6-2-2018 Known affectionately by his nickname "NumberNuthin" because he drives the zero car in NASCAR's Xfinity Series, Garrett Smithley is scheduled to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut next weekend at Michigan International Speedway, sources have confided to Kickin' the Tires.

Smithley will be driving for Starcom Racing in the organization's second Cup Series entry - the No. 99 Chevrolet, the source said. Sponsorship is slated to be with Victory Lane Oil, a quick lube service operation that got its start in Ann Arbor, Mi.in 1980.

Reached for comment, Smithley said he could not confirm the news but said he was upbeat and looking forward to a good run at Pocono Raceway. Pressed on the issue, Smithley smiled and said he was "happy" about his future in racing.

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