Smith was scheduled to field the second car for Outlaws champion Elite Racing on the national tour next season, but the partnership developing that team fell apart. Instead, Smith has enlisted the team ownership of Elite Racing co-owner Chris Luck, along with Chad Clemens, to bring back the No. 19 car out of the New Oxford garage.
""I'm really looking forward to driving for Chris and Chad," Smith said. "Chris is a longtime friend and well-known member of the racing community, and Chad is also familiar with the sport through his ownership of another race team."
In fact, in an indirect way, Smith becomes teammates with multiple Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway track champion Fred Rahmer because Clemens is an owner of Rahmer's No. 51.
"I'm honored they have given me the opportunity to start this new venture with them, and I know we'll build a strong team. I'm looking forward to what we can do together," Smith said. The new team's sponsorship, schedule and crew will be announced later. Written by Jason Bly. Pictured below is Steve Smith Sr. racing at lincoln speedway in a mid 1990's version of the "black bandit" #19 a car with which stevie also drove.