PETERSEN MEDIA- Inching closer to the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Jeff Taylor, Mounce/Stout Motorsports (Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout), and Rick Young are thrilled to announce a collaboration between their race teams as California’s TJ Smith will be the driver with the team working out of the Mounce/Stout Motorsports camp.
“I am really looking forward to this collaborative effort with Jeff Taylor, and Rick Young. Gavin Stout and I are equally excited to work with a talented driver in TJ Smith,” Jay Mounce of Mounce/Stout Motorsports said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us. TJ has been good in the building in the past as he was victorious during the Non Winged portion of the Tulsa Shootout last year, and ran third in the Winged feature event.”
The Fresno, CA driver has been successful in the Tulsa Expo Center over the years as it was highlighted by the aforementioned Golden Driller during the 2022 running of the prestigious event to go along with a podium effort in the 55-lap Winged feature event.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to run with this collaboration between Jeff Taylor, Rick Young, and Mounce/Stout Motorsports,” Smith said. “Jeff and I have talked about running together the last few years, and we finally were able to put all the right pieces together. It is a solid group, and mixing Jay Mounce and his team in the equation, I’m excited to have their knowledge heading into the building this year.”
Over the course of the 2023 season, Smith as ran a nice mix of Micro and Midget races as he totaled 11 feature event wins in 44 starts. While he has been successful in the Shootout, he is no stranger to the Chili Bowl, and found himself in an E Main during last year’s running of the event.
Jeff Taylor is too excited for this pairing, as it marks yet another California talent he will be able to team up with.
“TJ Smith and I were introduced to each other by Justin Grant, and we have been friends for a few years now,” Taylor said. “Justin has told me a lot of great things about TJ, and how great he thought he was as a driver. Things haven’t worked out in the past, but this year everything finally came together, and I am excited to see how we can do at the Chili Bowl. I have been fortunate with work with some California stand outs over the years including, Grant, Logan Seavey, Ryan Bernal, and Landon Brooks, and I’m looking forward to including TJ in that list.”
The team would like to thank Mounce/Stout Motorsports, Rockwell Security, RAMS Racing, Snap On by Joe Lewis, Driver Performance, and UHL Rubber for supporting this effort.
ON TAP: TJ Smith will be in action at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, OK set for January 7-13.
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