DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oxford native Rusty Smith closed out one chapter of his racing career with the equivalent of a walk-off win as he captured a record third straight track title at Upstate New York’s Spencer Speedway this past season.
Smith , became the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series era at Spencer to win three titles in a row.
“I didn’t know that until they announced it at the [Spencer] banquet,” Smith said. “It’s pretty cool when you stop and think about it.”
Smith’s first two Spencer titles were earned in a car fielded by Greg Frutchey, but Frutchey switched his focus for 2014 to support his son’s budding racing career. Smith and his crew members decided to move forward together and build their own car.
The 37-year-old made a smooth transition to driver/owner as he piloted the No. 34 Blueox Chevrolet to four wins and top fives in all 14 starts at the half-mile asphalt paperclip near Williamson, N.Y.