Monday, December 6, 2021

Zane Smith from Huntington Beach to compete for NASCAR Truck Championship

A win at Martinsville, VA last weekend pushed Huntington Beach native Zane Smith to the four-driver NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Smith, 22, made the final four as a rookie pilot in 2020 and finished second to Sheldon Creed of Alpine, California. His rivals for the points championship in a 40-truck game on Friday night will be Ben Rhodes from Louisville, Matt Crafton or Tulare. California, and John Nemechek of Mooresville, North Carolina.

Smith, who moved from Orange County to North Carolina when he was 14 to pursue a racing career, raced in Martinsville last Saturday in eighth place in the standings with 40 points from the fourth final. Smith drove his No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado for the GMS Racing team in 65 of 204 laps.

When he beat Stuart Friesen and Todd Gilliland on the last loop to secure his first win of the season, Smith entered the top four in the truck series standings. Creed finished ninth and dropped out of the final field with four championship points, so he won’t be able to defend his title.

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Smith received the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in his first season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with two wins, seven top five hits and 13 top 10 hits, en route to finishing second in the championship standings in 2020. had one win, two top five hits and 13 top 10 hits in 2021.

Prior to racing the Truck Series, Smith raced the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series with 10 starts. He also competed in the ARCA Menards series, winning four races and finishing second in the final points table in 2018.

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