Courtney Schley, driver of the Ben Smith Racing #2 Chevrolet in the Nuka-Cola Series, has announced her retirement from the League in order to start a family.
Schley began her League career in the Corvega Cup Series with Ben Smith Racing, driving the #31 Chevrolet for the team in the 2012 inaugural season. From seasons 2, onward, Schley drove the #39 at Cabanilla-Haas Racing, where she scored 2 career wins, one at Bristol, the other at Charlotte, both of which during the League’s third season. In the Cup Series Schley had a career total of 97 starts.
Beginning with the League’s fifth season, Schley left Cabanilla-Haas to return to Ben Smith Racing, initially a two year deal in the Cup Series, in a joint effort with Circle Sport’s #33 team, running a total of four races across both seasons. A top-5 effort in the Daytona 500 led to the schedule for this season expanding to at least 12 events in the Cup Series, and a full-time position in the Nuka-Cola Series, driving the defending series Championship car, that Ben Smith won with last season.
On the Cup side, she nearly scored her third career Cup Series victory in this season’s Daytona 500, finishing second to Michelle Mostiler. On the Nuka-Cola Series side of things, the team had been running just as well. Through five starts, Schley collected three top-10’s and finished second at Auto Club Speedway just this past weekend.
Ben Smith Racing has not yet announced a driver replacement for their full-time effort in the Nuka-Cola Series, nor for the races she was slated to run for the remainder of the Corvega Cup Series. Announcements for those are expected later this week, as the Nuka-Cola Series heads to Canada for it’s first road course race of the season at Canadian Tire Motor Sports Park.