Zane Smith Gets His Second Truck Series Win oif 2022 at COTA

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AUSTIN, TX – RIS – Zane Smith watched from fourth place as Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, and Stewart Friesen went three-wide in the second overtime to claim victory at the Circuit of the Americas in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon.  Busch was leading while hotly being perused by Alex Bowman.  Stewart Friesen had a good run to the outside and decided to make it three wide and slowed the progress from Bowman and Busch.  Smith turned left when a spot opened and ran away at the finish by over three seconds.  His restart in the second overtime came from the third row.

“Truck races are crazy – you’re never out of it until you’re out of it,” Smith said. “What a statement by this team. It’s so crazy to win back-to-back on a road course like this.”

This is Smith’s second win of 2022, driving a Ford for Front Row Motorsports.  His first victory came at Daytona International Speedway in February which also came in overtime.  Smith has five career wins in the Camping World Truck Series.

Busch led a majority of the race (31 of 46 laps) but could only rally back to third after his run-in with Friesen and Bowman. Reigning Truck champion Ben Rhodes and Chandler Smith completed the top five finishers.

Smith won the first stage despite a run by Friesen. Rhodes was third, Kraus fourth and Ankrum rounded out the top-five. Sheldon Creed started on the pole but had to start the race from the rear of the field after his team had to make a fuel pump change. Bowman ended up leading the first lap.

Austin Wayne Self locked up his brakes and wrecked on Lap 1 but the race remained green and he was able to continue on. Taylor Gray also received some damage in the incident. Busch went to the inside of Bowman just before the start of Lap 3 and grabbed the lead.

With eight laps remaining in the stage,Parker Klingerman got around Bowman to move into the second position, 2.9 seconds behind Busch. With three laps to go, several drivers elected to pit before the stage break, including Busch. That turned the lead over to Kligerman on Lap 9. Kligerman elected to pit on Lap 9, which turned the lead over to Zane Smith on Lap 1

Smith completed a sweep of both stage wins, holding off Rhodes to take the Stage 2 win. Derek Kraus finished third, Busch fourth and Chandler Smith rounded out the top-five. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, those trucks that did not pit prior to the stage break did so with Zane Smith the first off pit road. Busch stayed out and inherited the lead and led the way when the race returned to green on Lap 15.

Smith summed up his win after the race. “So many people to thank. It was a wild one but it’s never over until it’s over.”  That is so true. 

Unofficial Results: 2nd Annual XPEL 225, March 26, 2022, Circuit of The Americas
Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 2, Zane Smith, No. 38 Speedco Ford, 46, 1, 3, 11, 7, 1, 60, Running
2) 11, John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 ROMCO Toyota, 46, , 1, 1, , , 35, Running
3) 5, Kyle Busch(i), No. 51 Safelite Toyota, 46, 9, 3, 31, , 4, 0, Running
4) 13, Ben Rhodes, No. 99 Tenda Toyota, 46, 3, , , , 2, 50, Running
5) 12, Chandler Smith, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 46, , 1, 1, , 5, 38, Running
6) 8, Christian Eckes, No. 98 TSPORT/Curb Records Toyota, 46, 8, , , , , 34, Running
7) 10, Tyler Ankrum, No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota, 46, 5, , , , , 36, Running
8) 6, Carson Hocevar, No. 42 PlainsCapital Bank/MG Machinery Chevrolet, 46, , , , , 8, 32, Running
9) 7, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar International Toyota, 46, 2, , , , 7, 41, Running
10) 16, Grant Enfinger, No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 24, Lawless Alan #, No. 45 AUTOParkIt.com Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 14, Derek Kraus, No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Chevrolet, 46, 4, , , , 3, 40, Running
13) 20, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, 46, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 18, Kaz Grala, No. 02 RANDCO Industries Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 17, Kris Wright, No. 44 F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 22, Chase Purdy, No. 61 Bama Buggies Toyota, 46, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 28, Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance Ford, 46, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 31, Tate Fogleman, No. 30 Rangeline Group Toyota, 46, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 4, Parker Kligerman, No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet, 46, 10, 1, 1, , 10, 20, Running
20) 32, Brad Perez, No. 43 GreenTech Energy Toyota, 46, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 34, Will Rodgers(i), No. 33 Levrack Toyota, 46, , , , , , 0, Running
22) 25, Timmy Hill, No. 56 Hill Motorsports Toyota, 46, 7, , , , 9, 21, Running
23) 30, Spencer Boyd, No. 12 Derm Dude Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 26, Colby Howard, No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 3, Alex Bowman(i), No. 7 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 46, , 1, 1, , , 0, Running
26) 9, Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Ford, 46, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 15, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 45, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 21, Logan Bearden, No. 37 Bearden Automotive Chevrolet, 42, , , , , , 9, Fuel Pump
29) 33, Dean Thompson #, No. 40 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 40, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 19, Ty Majeski, No. 66 American Racing Wheels Toyota, 39, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 36, Matt Dibenedetto, No. 25 Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet, 32, 6, , , , 6, 16, Rear Gear
32) 27, Jack Wood #, No. 24 Chevrolet Truck Month Chevrolet, 31, , , , , , 5, DVP
33) 35, Matt Jaskol, No. 46 AutoParts4Less.com Toyota, 30, , , , , , 4, Electrical
34) 23, Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Monster Energy Ford, 29, , , , , , 3, Accident
35) 29, Blaine Perkins #, No. 9 Raceline Chevrolet, 3, , , , , , 2, Transmission
36) 1, Sheldon Creed(i), No. 20 Wiley X Chevrolet, 1, , , , , , 0, Drivetrain
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Race Length: 46 Laps, 156.86 Miles
Time: 2 Hrs, 25 Mins, 0 Secs.
Average Speed: 64.908 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.529 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 38, 52, 99, 19, 16, 25, 56, 98, 51, 75
Stage 2 Top 10: 38, 99, 19, 51, 18, 25, 52, 42, 56, 75

Comments: Zane Smith has won the XPEL 225 at the Circuit of The Americas, his fifth career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason(s) indicated: Nos. 20, 4, 44, 02, 88, 37, 45, 24, 9, 30, 43, 33, 46, 25 (Unapproved Adjustments).  

Failed to Qualify: (3) 79 John Atwell, 5 Tyler Hill, 47 Samuel Lecomte.

Cautions: 8 for 12 laps;
Laps: 14-14 (Stage 1 Conclusion [22]);
16-17 (No. 40 Stopped on Track [22]);
22-22 (No. 88 Stuck in Turn 19 Gravel Trap [22]);
28-29 (Stage 2 Conclusion [22]);
31-32 (No. 1 Stopped in Turn 8 [37]);
35-35 (No. 25 Stopped on course in Turn 17 [None]);
41-42 (No. 46 Stopped on track in Turn 2 [37]);
44-44 (No. 2 stuck in the Turn 6 gravel trap [37]).

Lead Changes: 10 among 6 drivers;
S. Creed(i) 0;
A. Bowman(i) 1;
K. Busch(i) 2-8;
P. Kligerman 9;
Z. Smith 10-13;
K. Busch(i) 14-20;
C. Smith 21;
J. Nemechek 22;
Z. Smith 23-27;
K. Busch(i) 28-44;
Z. Smith 45-46.

Cometic Gasket Pole Award:  Sheldon Creed, #20 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Zane Smith, #38 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Lawless Alan, #45 

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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