Zane Smith (racing Driver)
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Zane Smith Racing Driver
Zane Smith
Zane Smith Sonoma 2022.jpg
Smith at Sonoma Raceway in 2022
BornZane M. Smith
(1999-06-09) June 9, 1999 (age 23)
Huntington Beach, California
Achievements2015 World Series of Asphalt Champion
2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Regular Season Champion
Awards2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Most Popular Driver
2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2018 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 17 (RFK Racing)
First race2022 Enjoy Illinois 300 (Gateway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
11 races run over 2 years
2021 position103rd
Best finish25th (2019)
First race2019 Boyd Gaming 300 (Las Vegas)
Last race2021 Drydene 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
66 races run over 4 years
Truck no., teamNo. 38 (Front Row Motorsports)
2021 position2nd
Best finish2nd (2020, 2021)
First race2018 Eaton 200 (Gateway)
Last race2022 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
First win2020 Henry Ford Health System 200 (Michigan)
Last win2022 Heart of America 200 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 45 0
Statistics current as of September 15, 2022.

Zane M. Smith (born June 9, 1999) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 38 Ford F-150 for Front Row Motorsports.

Smith previously drove full-time in the Truck Series for GMS Racing, finishing second in the championship in 2020 and 2021. He also placed runner-up in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series standings for MDM Motorsports. Part-time stints have come in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports and Stadium Super Trucks.

Racing career

Early career

First racing BMX, Smith moved to go-kart racing in 2004 and won championships in five consecutive years before moving up to legends car racing.[1] He raced super late models in 2015, recording victories in the World Series of Asphalt, Pro All Stars Series and the CARS Tour, as well as garnering a runner-up finish in the Snowball Derby.[2]

ARCA

On the heels of his successes racing late models, Smith tested an ARCA Racing Series car with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway in January 2016.[3] A wake skating injury limited Smith's racing slate in early 2016, but he later returned for two ARCA races with Venturini Motorsports.[1] In late summer 2016, Smith left his SLM team in hopes of finding more ARCA experience in 2017.[4]

In late 2016, Smith signed with Venturini to drive all but two races of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series schedule in the organization's No. 55 entry. Noah Gragson was slated to fill the other two races, which Smith couldn't race due to age restrictions.[5] Smith, going for Rookie of the Year honors, joined the same crew that led Dalton Sargeant to the award the previous year.[6] He also drove a partial schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, debuting in the series for Calabrese Motorsports at the beginning of 2017.[7] He also replaced Ryan Partridge for the season opener of the K&N West season after Partridge could not obtain a license in time.[8] Smith was named to the 2017 NASCAR Next class in April 2017.[9] The team and driver agreed to part ways in the middle of August, after eight top-tens in eleven races.[10] Smith later signed on with MDM Motorsports for three races towards the end of the season.[11] The races yielded two poles and as many runner-up finishes.[12]

Smith's 2018 ARCA car

On November 6, 2017, Smith re-signed with MDM for the 2018 season to run full-time in their No. 41 Toyota.[12] He scored his first win in the second race of the season, outlasting teammate Sheldon Creed and bested his three previous runner-up finishes.[13] Two races later, Smith beat Joe Graf Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway in ARCA's closest-ever finish, where the sanctioning body had to use photos to determine who won the race because timing systems scored the margin of victory at .00 seconds.[14] In the next race, Smith went three-wide with Chandler Smith (no relation) and lapped car Mike Basham to take the lead after the midway point of the race[15] and later passed MDM teammate Chase Purdy for the win with less than ten laps to go.[16] Smith secured the victory with the help of 2017 ARCA champion Austin Theriault, who was atop the spotters' box for the win at Toledo Speedway.[17] Also in May 2018, it was announced that Smith for a second straight year returned to the NASCAR Next program.[18] At a race at Salem Speedway late in the season, Smith and Michael Self got together multiple times, eventually causing Smith's radiator to quit working in the middle of the race. Smith returned to the track with a premeditated intention of payback, slowing down until Self passed and burying him in the outside wall. Smith later bragged about the incident in a MAVTV interview.[19] ARCA fined him $5,000 and 100 points, a punishment many in the industry considered too lenient. Xfinity Series driver Scott Heckert worried about drivers' health if purposeful blunt-force collisions are allowed.[20] At the end of the season, Smith was second in point standings, despite the penalty. He later said that he wasn't set on a full-time schedule at the beginning of the year, but ran well enough to sell sponsorship for the remainder of the schedule.[21]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

In June 2018, Smith announced his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with DGR-Crosley at Gateway Motorsports Park. The deal came together the week of the race, as Smith had to rush to get all of his licenses prepared in time.[22]

Smith joined GMS Racing for the full 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season.[23] On August 7, he won his first career Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway when he passed leader Christian Eckes on the final lap in overtime.[24] He scored his second win two weeks later at Dover International Speedway after holding off Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt on the final restart.[25] Smith reached the final round as the only non-playoff race winner of the four remaining championship drivers, where he finished runner-up in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway and the standings to GMS teammate Sheldon Creed.[26] In addition to NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors, he was voted the Truck Series' Most Popular Driver.[27]

Smith returned to GMS Racing in 2021. On October 30, he won his third career NASCAR Truck Series race after Stewart Friesen spun Todd Gilliland in front of the field, the win locked Smith into the Championship race at Phoenix. In the season finale at Phoenix, Zane was passed with 8 laps to go and finished fifth in the race and second in points to eventual champion Ben Rhodes.

On November 30, 2021, Smith was announced as the driver of the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 truck in 2022.[28] In the 2022 season, Smith scored his fourth career NASCAR Truck Series win in the season opener at Daytona after holding off Ben Rhodes in overtime after nearly winning in regulation.[29] Smith finished in second place at Las Vegas, but was disqualified after a post-race inspection found a lug nut violation.[30] Smith finished fifth the next race at Atlanta. Zane got his second win of the season at Circuit of the Americas after Alex Bowman collided with front runners Stewart Friesen and Kyle Busch, Smith also won both stages. Following the 2022 CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway, Smith clinched the regular season championship.[31]

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Smith's 2019 Xfinity car

On December 18, 2018, it was announced that Smith would drive the No. 9 JR Motorsports entry in the Xfinity Series for eight races in 2019, most coming at short tracks.[32] The deal came after an agreement for a full Truck Series season with GMS Racing did not materialize.[21] On January 25, 2019, it was revealed that Smith would switch over to the No. 8 entry as Noah Gragson would take over the No. 9 entry.[33]

In May 2021, Smith returned to the Xfinity Series as a substitute driver for Justin Haley, who was unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols, in the No. 11 of Kaulig Racing at Dover.

NASCAR Cup Series

On June 2, 2022, RFK Racing driver Chris Buescher tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Cup Series race at Gateway. Smith was announced as the driver to replace Buescher. It will be his first race in the Cup Series.[34]

Other racing

On August 8, 2020, Smith made his Stadium Super Trucks debut at Road America, a day after he won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan; Creed, a two-time SST champion, also competed.[35][36] Smith finished fifth and sixth in the day's two races.[37]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2022 RFK Racing 17 Ford DAY CAL LVS PHO ATL COA RCH MAR BRI TAL DOV DAR KAN CLT GTW
17
SON NSH ROA ATL NHA POC IND MCH RCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -*

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2019 JR Motorsports 8 Chevy DAY ATL LVS
24
PHO CAL TEX BRI
11
RCH
6
TAL DOV
9
CLT POC MCH IOW
5
CHI
17
DAY KEN NHA IOW
9
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH
8
CLT DOV
9
KAN TEX PHO
5
HOM 25th 322 [38]
2021 Kaulig Racing 11 Chevy DAY DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL MAR TAL DAR DOV
36
COA CLT MOH TEX NSH POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO 103rd 01 [39]

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW
5
CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 59th 32 [40]
2020 GMS Racing 21 Chevy DAY
11
LVS
6
CLT
3
ATL
5
HOM
37
POC
14
KEN
7
TEX
19
KAN
6
KAN
9*
MCH
1
DAY
13
DOV
1*
GTW
7
DAR
16
RCH
11
BRI
16
LVS
7
TAL
33
KAN
11
TEX
3
MAR
3
PHO
2
2nd 4035 [41]
2021 DAY
16
DAY
40
LVS
6
ATL
6
BRI
7
RCH
14
KAN
7
DAR
16
COA
8
CLT
10
TEX
6
NSH
4
POC
8
KNX
14
GLN
6
GTW
35
DAR
9
BRI
8
LVS
29
TAL
33
MAR
1
PHO
5
2nd 4032 [42]
2022 Front Row Motorsports 38 Ford DAY
1
LVS
36
ATL
5
COA
1
MAR
9
BRI
10
DAR
8
KAN
1*
TEX
32
CLT
5
GTW
9
SON
2
KNX
3
NSH
2
MOH
2
POC
13
IRP
3
RCH
9
KAN
4
BRI
2
TAL
HOM
PHO
-* -* [43]

K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2017 Calabrese Motorsports 43 Toyota NSM
2
GRE BRI
9
SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW GLN LGY NJE DOV 25th 77 [44]

ARCA Menards Series

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2016 Venturini Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM
9
CHI 75th 295 [45]
15 KEN
24
KAN
2017 20 DAY
Wth
TAL
Wth
9th 3305 [46]
55 NSH
10
SLM
6
TOL
4
ELK
6
POC
4
MCH
23
MAD
2
IOW
13
IRP
7
POC
3
WIN
15
ISF ROA DSF
MDM Motorsports 28 Toyota SLM
2
CHI
8 KEN
2
41 KAN
3
2018 DAY
26
NSH
1*
SLM
2
TAL
1
TOL
1
CLT
5
POC
3
MCH
11
MAD
2
GTW
16
CHI
4
IOW
4
ELK
12
POC
1*
ISF
17
BLN
2
DSF
5
SLM
18
IRP
6
KAN
17
2nd 4680 [47]
2020 Steve McGowan Motorsports 17W Chevy DAY PHO
5
TAL POC IRP KEN IOW KAN TOL TOL MCH DAY GTW I44 TOL BRI WIN MEM ISF KAN 51st 40 [48]
2021 DAY PHO
28
TAL KAN TOL CLT MOH POC ELK BLN IOW WIN GLN MCH ISF MLW DSF BRI SLM KAN 116th 16 [49]

ARCA Menards Series West

ARCA Menards Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 AMSWC Pts Ref
2017 Sunrise Ford Racing 9 Ford TUS
4
KCR IRW IRW SPO OSS CNS SON IOW EVG DCS MER AAS KCR 40th 40 [50]
2019 Steve McGowan Motorsports 17 Chevy LVS IRW TUS TUS CNS SON DCS IOW EVG GTW MER AAS KCR PHO
21
62nd 23 [51]
2020 17W LVS MMP MMP IRW EVG DCS CNS LVS AAS KCR PHO
26
34th 68 [52]
2021 PHO
28
SON
21
IRW CNS IRW PIR LVS AAS PHO 45th 39 [53]

Stadium Super Trucks

(key) (Bold - Pole position. Italics - Fastest qualifier. * - Most laps led.)

Stadium Super Trucks results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 SSTC Pts Ref
2020 ADE ADE ADE ROA
5
ROA
6
N/A2 - [54]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 Standings were not recorded by the series for the 2020 season

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