Chandler Smith Holds Off Zane Smith and Kyle Busch to Win the Truck Race at Vegas

Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Chandler drove a brilliant last lap to pass Kyle Busch and hold off Zane Smith for a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It was the third victory in 40 career starts for Smith, a 19-year-old from Georgia who is in his second season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Smith was side-by-side with Zane Smith as the two trucks took the white flag for the final lap around the speedway. They had raced three-wide with Busch, the winningest driver in series history, and finally broke away for a two-truck battle for the win.  Smith used a crossover move on Zane Smith to seal the deal. Zane Smith finished second. 

Busch finished third and was followed by Stewart Friesen, as three Toyota drivers finished in the top four. Ryan Preece and Tanner Gray were fifth and sixth to give Ford three drivers in the top six. Matt DiBenedetto in seventh was the highest-finishing Chevrolet driver and Matt Crafton was eighth in Crafton’s 500th consecutive start in the Trucks Series.

“When you guys tune into me halfway through the race, ‘how did he get up there?”’ Smith said motioning toward the sky. “It’s the good Lord man, he performs miracles all day. He’s given me this talent, this opportunity to drive this truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports and for [sponsor] Safelite.

There were five different leaders in the final furious 11 laps that included a caution for Christian Eckes, who was tagged from behind by Busch while leading the race with eight laps remaining. The final restart produced a wild – sometimes three-wide contest to the checkered.

Todd Bodine returned to competition for the first time since 2017 in his quest to start 800 national series races. Only 26 drivers in NASCAR history have started 800 national races and Bodine has been short of the mark since 2017.

The pandemic stalled his efforts but Bodine, now 58 years old, had the idea rekindled by Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, title sponsor of the Truck Series. Lemonis asked on Twitter for 800 reasons why Bodine should get to 800 starts and the fan engagement sealed the deal. He finished 21st in tonight’s race.

 More to come.

Unofficial Results: 5th Annual Victoria's Voice 200 presented by Westgate Resorts, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 3, Chandler Smith, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 134, 2, 4, 32, 5, 6, 54, Running
2) 6, Zane Smith, No. 38 Michael Roberts Construction Ford, 134, , 2, 15, , , 35, Running
3) 2, Kyle Busch(i), No. 51 JBL Toyota, 134, 7, 4, 31, , 2, 0, Running
4) 17, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar International Toyota, 134, , , , , 9, 35, Running
5) 5, Ryan Preece(i), No. 17 United Rentals Ford, 134, 10, 1, 3, , , 0, Running
6) 8, Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance Ford, 134, 3, 2, 7, , 5, 45, Running
7) 15, Matt Dibenedetto, No. 25 Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 30, Running
8) 7, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota, 134, 6, , , , 7, 38, Running
9) 32, Bret Holmes, No. 32 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 18, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 10, Ty Majeski, No. 66 TSport Toyota, 134, 9, , , , 3, 36, Running
12) 29, Dean Thompson #, No. 40 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 21, Tate Fogleman, No. 30 Rangeline Group Toyota, 134, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 12, Carson Hocevar, No. 42 Premier Security Solutions Chevrolet, 134, 5, 1, 9, , , 29, Running
15) 19, Chase Purdy, No. 61 Bama Buggies Toyota, 134, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 27, Matt Mills(i), No. 20 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 0, Running
17) 14, Tyler Ankrum, No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota, 134, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 16, Kris Wright, No. 44 iHeartRadio Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 28, Timmy Hill, No. 56 Hill Motorsports Toyota, 134, , 1, 1, , , 18, Running
20) 26, Lawless Alan #, No. 45 AUTOParkIt.com Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 36, Loris Hezemans, No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota, 134, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 23, Todd Bodine, No. 62 Camping World Toyota, 134, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 33, Matt Jaskol, No. 46 G2G Racing Toyota, 134, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 11, Grant Enfinger, No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet, 134, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 13, Derek Kraus, No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet, 134, , , , , 10, 13, Running
26) 1, John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota, 134, 8, 3, 23, , 4, 21, Running
27) 34, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Dometic Outdoor Chevrolet, 133, , , , , , 10, Accident
28) 35, Spencer Boyd, No. 12 Hairclub Chevrolet, 132, , , , , , 9, Accident
29) 9, Christian Eckes, No. 98 Curb Records Toyota, 126, , 2, 4, , 8, 11, Accident
30) 31, Thad Moffitt, No. 43 Clean Harbors Chevrolet, 114, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 25, Kaz Grala, No. 02 Ruedebusch Development Chevrolet, 113, , , , , , 6, Engine
32) 4, Ben Rhodes, No. 99  Toyota, 103, 1, 2, 9, 2, 1, 25, Accident
33) 24, Jack Wood #, No. 24 Chevrolet Truck Month Chevrolet, 71, 4, , , , , 11, Accident
34) 20, Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Monster Energy Ford, 44, , , , , , 3, Accident
35) 22, Colby Howard, No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet, 28, , , , , , 2, Accident
36) 30, Blaine Perkins #, No. 9 Raceline Chevrolet, 21, , , , , , 1, DVP
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 9 Mins, 22 Secs.
Race Length: 134 Laps, 201 Miles
Average Speed: 93.223 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.289 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 99, 18, 15, 24, 42, 88, 51, 4, 66, 17
Stage 2 Top 10: 99, 51, 66, 4, 15, 18, 88, 98, 52, 19

Comments: Chandler Smith won the Victoria's Voice 200 presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.

Prior to the start, the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 3 and 19 (unapproved adjustments) and No. 46 (Driver Change).

Failed to Qualify: (1) No. 47 Matt Jaskol.

Cautions: 10 for 52 laps;
Laps: 23-27 (No. 9 Incident on the Backstretch [45]);
29-37 (No. 1, 38, 61, 88,  91 Incident in Turn 1 [12]);
56-59 (No. 62 Spin on the Frontstretch [12]);
62-66 (Stage 2 Conclusion [45]);
73-77 (No. 24 and 61 Incident on the Backstretch [62]);
91-94 (No. 62 Incident in Turn 4 [46]);
99-102 (No. 17 and 42 Incident in Turn 4 [46]);
105-111 (No. 17, 66, 98 and 99 Incident on the Frontstretch [33]);
120-123 (No. 44 Spin in Turn 2 [62]);
127-131 (No. 51 and 98 Incident on the Backstretch [62]).

Lead Changes: 21 among 10 drivers;
J. Nemechek 1;
K. Busch(i) 2-10;
Z. Smith 11-24;
C. Smith 25-27;
B. Rhodes 28-32;
T. Gray 33-36;
C. Hocevar 37-45;
K. Busch(i) 46-55;
T. Gray 56-58;
B. Rhodes 59-62;
K. Busch(i) 63-71;
J. Nemechek 72-91;
T. Hill 92;
J. Nemechek 93-94;
C. Smith 95-101;
C. Eckes 102;
C. Smith 103-122;
C. Eckes 123-125;
R. Preece(i) 126-128;
K. Busch(i) 129-131;
Z. Smith 132;
C. Smith 133-134.

Unofficial Points – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Rank, Driver, Car, Starts, G/L, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1)
 Chandler Smith, 18, 2, 5, 87, 0, 0, 1, 0, 5
2)
 Tanner Gray, 15, 2, 2, 82, -5, 5, 0, 0, 0
3)
 Ty Majeski, 66, 2, 2, 72, -15, 10, 0, 0, 0
4)
 Ben Rhodes, 99, 2, -2, 70, -17, 2, 0, 2, 2
5)
 Stewart Friesen, 52, 2, 7, 65, -22, 5, 0, 0, 0
6)
 Matt Dibenedetto, 25, 2, 8, 58, -29, 7, 0, 0, 0
7)
 Carson Hocevar, 42, 2, 6, 58, -29, 0, 0, 0, 0
8)
 Austin Wayne Self, 22, 2, 3, 57, -30, 1, 0, 0, 0
9)
 Matt Crafton, 88, 2, 12, 55, -32, 2, 0, 0, 0
10)
 John Hunter Nemechek, 4, 2, -3, 55, -32, 0, 0, 2, 2
11)
 Christian Eckes, 98, 2, -8, 53, -34, 2, 0, 0, 0
12)
 Zane Smith, 38, 2, -11, 47, -40, 6, 1, 0, 5
13)
 Timmy Hill, 56, 2, 3, 42, -45, 5, 0, 0, 0
14)
 Tate Fogleman, 30, 2, 8, 40, -47, 2, 0, 0, 0
15)
 Kris Wright, 44, 2, 4, 38, -49, 2, 0, 0, 0
16)
 Spencer Boyd, 12, 2, -1, 36, -51, 2, 0, 0, 0
17)
 Tyler Ankrum, 16, 2, 8, 35, -52, 1, 0, 0, 0
18)
 Ryan Preece(i), 17, 1, -18, 34, -53, 1, 0, 0, 0
19)
 Bret Holmes, 32, 2, 13, 33, -54, 1, 0, 0, 0
20)
 Parker Kligerman, , 1, -12, 32, -55, 1, 0, 0, 0
21)
 Jesse Little, , 1, -12, 31, -56, 1, 0, 0, 0
22)
 Lawless Alan #, 45, 2, 5, 30, -57, 1, 0, 0, 0
23)
 Danny Bohn, , 1, -13, 29, -58, 1, 0, 0, 0
24)
 Derek Kraus, 19, 2, 0, 28, -59, 1, 0, 0, 0
25)
 Dean Thompson #, 40, 2, 9, 27, -60, 1, 0, 0, 0
26)
 Thad Moffitt, 43, 2, -8, 27, -60, 0, 0, 0, 0
27)
 Grant Enfinger, 23, 2, -1, 27, -60, 0, 0, 0, 0
28)
 Hailie Deegan, 1, 2, -11, 24, -63, 3, 0, 0, 0
29)
 Chase Purdy, 61, 1, 11, 23, -64, 1, 0, 0, 0
30)
 Jason White, , 1, -10, 17, -70, 6, 0, 0, 0
31)
 Loris Hezemans, 33, 1, -31, 17, -70, 0, 0, 0, 0
32)
 Todd Bodine, 62, 1, -32, 16, -71, 1, 0, 0, 0
33)
 Jack Wood #, 24, 2, -2, 16, -71, 0, 0, 0, 0
34)
 Matt Jaskol, , 1, 7, 15, -72, 1, 0, 0, 0
35)
 Bryan Dauzat, , 1, -12, 14, -73, 1, 0, 0, 0
36)
 Corey Heim, , 1, -8, 12, -75, 2, 0, 0, 0
37)
 Jordan Anderson, 3, 1, 1, 11, -76, 1, 0, 0, 0
38)
 Colby Howard, 91, 2, -9, 10, -77, 1, 0, 0, 0
39)
 Blaine Perkins #, 9, 2, -9, 8, -79, 2, 0, 0, 0
40)
 Kaz Grala, 02, 1, -40, 7, -80, 1, 0, 0, 0
41)
 Johnny Sauter, , 1, -8, 3, -84, 4, 0, 0, 0
42)
 Kyle Busch(i), 51, 1, 0, 0, -87, 3, 0, 0, 0
43)
 Riley Herbst(i), , 1, -8, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0
44)
 Austin Hill(i), , 1, -8, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0
45)
 Matt Mills(i), 20, 1, 0, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0
46)
 Clay Greenfield, , 0, -9, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0
47)
 Jennifer Jo Cobb, , 0, -8, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0
48)
 Jason Kitzmiller, , 0, -6, 0, -87, 0, 0, 0, 0 
(G/L) = Positions gained/lost, (-Ldr/-Nxt) = Points behind Leader/Next higher, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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