Zane Smith Scores a Top-Five Finish in Truck Series Debut

Zane Smith made the most of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut over the weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park after a whirl wind week of last-minute preparation. The 19-year-old Calif., native earned a top-five finish at the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Ill. 

Smith took to the track for the first time on Friday afternoon for two practice sessions where he was scored ninth and sixth respectively in each session. When qualifying rolled around on Saturday afternoon, Smith advanced to the final round, earning a solid 10th-place starting position in Saturday’s Eaton 200. When the green flag flew for 160 laps of racing, Smith fought tight conditions in the No. 54 Crosley Brands / LaPaz Margarita MixToyota Tundra. The handling issues resulted in a 16th-place finish in Stage 1 of competition. During the next 35 laps of racing, Smith still fought an ill handling truck and crossed the line 14thwhen the stage-ending caution came out on lap 70. The No. 54 team opted for a two tire stop under caution on lap 101, gaining Smith eight positions for the restart. The young NASCAR Next driver stayed in the top-ten and began working his way to the front of the field. A late race caution flew on lap 152 with Smith running in the eighth position. With two laps to go on the restart, he was able to work his way to a fifth-place finish in the Eaton 200.
 
“I had a lot of fun out there and learned a ton,” said Smith. “I couldn’t get it from third gear to fourth on the restarts, and that hurt us. Once we would get somewhat towards the front, a caution would come out, and then it was just a repeat of getting shuffled back and fighting the dirty air. I’m really proud of the DGR-Crosley guys for all their hard work. My goal was to complete all the laps and just have a good day. Overall, I’m happy with a fifth-place finish.”
 
The No. 54 Crosley Brands Toyota will be back in action on Friday, June 29, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

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