Trackin’ Trucks: Zane Smith Wins in Overtime at Michigan

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Zane Smith earned his first Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory on Friday evening at Michigan International Speedway.

Smith passed Christian Eckes in double overtime to win by a margin of .318 seconds. 

“I really don’t know where to start,” the California native said. “A lot of people don’t understand my situation with racing. It’s unbelievable I’ve made it to this point. Just thank you.”

“A lot of this sport, as we all know, is about money and I don’t come from that. Making it to this point and to win and to be with such an awesome team like GMS Racing is something special. I wish everyone could be here so I could celebrate with my parents and my girlfriend. Man, this is a lot to take in and it was awesome racing with all my friends. Man, an unbelievable day.”

Tanner Gray finished third, while Tyler Ankrum and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Smith won after a series of wrecks sent the Henry Ford Health System 200 in double overtime.

Grant Enfinger finished 33rd after going three-wide with Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek, which resulted in heavy damage for Enfinger and Nemechek.

The driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Ford finished in the 25th position.

Johnny Sauter was making a late charge in the closing laps before his No. 13 Ford got loose and slammed the outside wall of Turn 2. Sauter finished in the 16th position.

A Look Ahead 

The Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona road course on Sunday, August 16th, at 12 p.m./ET.

Austin Hill leads the series standings by 33 points over Ben Rhodes, who finished 11th at Michigan.

Ankrum and Sauter sit below the cutoff line, by 29 and 52 points, respectively.

Stewart Friesen is 15th in the standings, over one hundred points behind Gilliland, who is in the cutoff position at 10th.

Trackin’ Trucks: Zane Smith Wins in Overtime at Michigan Trackin’ Trucks: Zane Smith Wins in Overtime at Michigan Reviewed by Courtney Horn on Saturday, August 08, 2020 Rating: 5