Published on November 16, 2010
Colby Smith poses with the 2010 Sportsman championship trophy at the Scotia Speedworld Awards Banquet in Truro on Nov. 6. Smith captured the Crown after topping the competition this past race season. Photo contributed
Published on November 16, 2010
Colby Smithâs racing machine, an â09 Chevy Impala, which he hopes to replace for next season. Photo contributed
by Kathy Johnson
Cape Sable Islandâs Colby Smith brought home the hardware from the Scotia Speedworld Awards Banquet in Truro on Nov. 6.
Smith captured the trackâs 2010 Sportsman class championship this season, nailing the title on Sept. 12 after accumulating 1,096 points for the crown in what has been described as a âbreakout seasonâ for the 25-year-old driver, where he nabbed the checker flag in three races, including two of the biggest of the summer.
âIn the second half of the season we didnât finish outside of the top five,â said Smith. âThis year everything went right.â
This is Smithâs third season racing at Scotia Speedworld and his fifth in the sport.
âI started out in the four cylinder class at Lake Doucette in a Dodge Neon,â he said, winning the track title in his class both years.
Wearing #77, Smith doubled up a notch to a â09 Chevy Impala 350 in the move to Scotia Speedworld.
Things began coming together for Smith about mid-season this year, with sponsors coming on aboard, and an apprenticeship working with Scott Fraser Racing (SFR) in Shubenacadie.
âThat was a big help,â said Smith. âI learned a lot. Itâs a big help when you can go around guys like that.â
The late Scott Fraser, as well as his father Frank Fraser, are both inductees in numerous motorsportsâ halls of fame at the Canadian, Maritime and provincial level.
The support of local sponsors Harlow Construction, Mood Transport, Smith & Watt and JBâs Restaurant also gave Smith a boost.
âFor the first half of the season we didnât have sponsors but when they came on board it really helped,â said Smith. âThereâs a ton of expenses with this sport and when that isnât on your mind itâs so much better.â
Winning the Sportsman championship is his third year at the track was totally unexpected, said Smith, who finished fourth overall in 2009.
âItâs unexpected to win the championship in your third year,â said Smith. âEven after you win one you canât expect it to happen again. Itâs luck as much as anything.â
Looking towards next season, Smith is hoping to build a new car in the same class and expand his horizons to the Maritime circuit, but that all depends on sponsorships and financing.
âThis one has been raced for three years and is getting pretty well worn out,â he said. âThe new car would be in the same class but Iâd do a few things a little bit different. Hopefully it would be a little bit better.â
Besides a loyal following of fans, Smith is also backed by dad Craig Smith, uncle Graham Smith and long-time friend Blake Nickerson in the pit.
âItâs good to have a bunch like those guys around, he said, noting they make personal sacrifices in support of his racing career, for which he is very thankful.