Zane Smith
GMS Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Smith takes over the vaunted No. 21 team of GMS Racing this year. This is the same team that Johnny Sauter piloted to a championship in 2016 and 13 total victories between 2016 and 2018. The 20-year-old Californian will be paired with crew chief Kevin Manion and set out to capture the Rookie of the Year honors in the truck series. Smith raced an impressive 10-start schedule with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series last season. He earned seven Top 10's in those 10 starts. Now Smith will continue his NASCAR development with a full-time ride in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. There's a lot of potential in this driver and team lineup, and Smith could be under-ranked in the middle teens to start the season. Read Past Outlooks
Leads Opening Truck Practice
Gander Outdoors Truck
February 13, 2020
Smith was fastest in opening practice for the NextEra Energy 250 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway Thursday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 193.175 mph.
Smith turned a whopping 22 laps in this opening hour-long session. He was one of only three drivers to break the 193 mph mark in this practice. Smith edged Riley Herbst to turn the fastest lap of the 2.5-mile Daytona oval. The 20-year-old driver will be making his first truck series start at Daytona Friday night. It's sure to be a learning experience for the driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The California native and next young face in the Xfinity Series will take over the reins of the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet for the departed champion, Tyler Reddick. Smith will race in eight events spread throughout the upcoming year, starting in March at Las Vegas and ending at Dover in October. The 19-year-old talent is fresh off a dominant campaign in the ARCA Series where he nabbed four victories and 12 Top-5 finishes en route to a runner-up finish in the final driver standings of that racing series. Smith will share this ride with other drivers that have yet to be named at the time of this writing. This is a strong race team that has taken both William Byron and Tyler Reddick to the last two Xfinity Series titles. It will be a different story in 2019, but tons of potential for the future with some good finishes along the way as well as a lot of lessons learned.
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Joins GMS Racing for 2020
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 21, 2019
GMS Racing officials announced today that Smith will compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for GMS Racing in 2020, completing the organizations full-time Gander Truck's line-up. Veteran crew chief, Kevin 'Bono' Manion has joined the organization to lead the team for Smith, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Xfinity Debut at Las Vegas
February 28, 2019
After two weeks of shadowing the No. 8 Chevrolet team and soaking in as much knowledge as possible, Smith will finally get his chance to strap in and shine for JR Motorsports this weekend. Smith will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, reports.
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Slated for part-time Xfinity duty
December 18, 2018
Smith will compete with JR Motorsports part-time in the 2019 Xfinity Series, Jim Utter of reports.
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