CONCORD, N.C. – Garrett Smithley advanced solidly through the field and finished 24th in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

       Smithley started 34th on the grid in the adapt 2k Chevrolet but was strong from the race’s beginning. He raced along in mid-pack and then finished 24th on the lead lap.

       “We didn’t have a good starting spot, but the car got better as we went along,” Smithley said. “We hung in there and stayed out of trouble and got a pretty good finish out of it.”

       Ten races into the season, Smithley is 21st in Xfinity driver points.

       Ryan Blaney won the race, and Elliott Sadler kept the series point lead.

       Dover International Speedway hosts the next Xfinity race June 3.