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Zane Smith (born June 9, 1999) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He has driven for Venturini Motorsports and MDM Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series, finishing second in the championship with MDM in 2018. Smith is also a current member of NASCAR Next and Drivers Edge Development.

Zane Smith
Zane Smith 2018 ARCA Madison.jpg
Born (1999-06-09) June 9, 1999 (age 20)
Huntington Beach, California
Achievements2015 World Series of Asphalt Champion
Awards2018 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
8 races run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 8 (JR Motorsports)
First race2019 Boyd Gaming 300 (Las Vegas)
Last race2019 Go Bowling 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2018 position59th
Best finish59th (2018)
First race2018 Eaton 200 (Gateway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of September 20, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

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] On the heels of those successes, 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 and MDM re-upped for a full 2018 season.[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]

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.[21]

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.[22] The deal came after an agreement with GMS Racing didn't materialize.[23] However on January 25, 2019, Smith would switch over to the No. 8 entry as Noah Gragson would take over the No. 9 entry.[24]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

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

Xfinity SeriesEdit

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 KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [25]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

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 [26]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

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 [27]

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC 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 [28]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Racing 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 ARSC 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 [29]
15 KEN
24
KAN
2017 20 DAY
Wth
TAL
Wth
9th 3305 [30]
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 [31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Newcomer Zane Smith Signs with Venturini Motorsports for ARCA Debut at Kentucky Speedway". Catchfence. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Venturini Motorsports signs Zane Smith for 2017 season". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Boyd, Gragson & Smith to Participate in ARCA Daytona Test". Speed51.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ Blount, Rob. "Super Split-Up: Zane Smith & Crooks Racing Part Ways". Speed51.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Zane Smith Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2017 Season; Pairs with Noah Gragson for Full Season Effort with 55-Toyota Team". The Pit Lane. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ Eberly, Brian. "Zane Smith Takes Next Step in Career, Will Drive for Venturini in 2017". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ "VMS Driver Zane Smith Set for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut at New Smyrna Speedway". venturinimotorsports.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  8. ^ Lair, Keith. "Ryan Partridge loses NASCAR West ride due to paperwork". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  9. ^ "NASCAR Unveils 2017-2018 NASCAR Next Class". Speed51.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Zane Smith, Venturini Motorsports part ways". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Zane Smith joins MDM Motorsports for three ARCA races". ARCAracing.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Zane Smith returns to MDM Motorsports for 2018 ARCA Racing Series season". Catchfence. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  13. ^ Organ, Mike. "Zane Smith wins Music City 200 ARCA Race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville". The Tennessean. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  14. ^ Radebaugh, Don. "In closest ARCA finish in history, Zane Smith takes Talladega". ARCAracing.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  15. ^ Beaver, Dan. "NASCAR Next Driver Zane Smith Wins Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway". NASCAR Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  16. ^ "NASCAR Next driver Zane Smith passes fellow Next driver Chase Purdy for ARCA win in Toledo". Autoweek. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  17. ^ Rowland, Kyle. "With help from 2017 series champion, Zane Smith wins third ARCA race since April". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Nine Drivers Named to NASCAR Next Class of 2018". Speed51.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  19. ^ Soquet, William. "OPINION: ARCA needs to suspend Zane Smith for the season". LASTCAR.info. Blogger. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  20. ^ "#PETM163 - Talkin' Vegas With @MattWeaverAW". PETMpodcast.com. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  21. ^ Eggert, Seth. "Smith Joins DGR-CROSLEY for Truck Series Debut". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Zane Smith joins JR Motorsports for eight races in 2019". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  23. ^ Rydquist, Teddy. "Zane Smith Runs Well but Wrecks Late in NASCAR Xfinity Series Debut". TSJ101 Sports. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  24. ^ "JR Motorsports Reshuffles Team Car Numbers Entering 2019". JR Motorsports. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Zane Smith – 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  26. ^ "Zane Smith – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  27. ^ "Zane Smith – 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  28. ^ "Zane Smith – 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  29. ^ "Zane Smith – 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  30. ^ "Zane Smith – 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  31. ^ "Zane Smith – 2018 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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