“Won’t Be Taking Any Of That” – Zane Smith Fires Warning To Fellow NASCAR Truck Series’ Championship Contenders

Published 11/05/2020, 9:26 AM EST
Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Austin Hill (16) leads a packs of trucks into turn one during the SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


It is rare for a rookie to be taking home the title in any sport. Nevertheless, GMS Racing driver Zane Smith will be battling it out in the NASCAR Truck Series Championship in Phoenix.

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However, he did not mince his words and sounded out a warning to his fellow championship contenders ahead of the showdown on Sunday. Smith will have no tolerance for anybody that will try to ruffle his feathers in the final race in Arizona.

At the post-race press conference, Smith said, “I was put in a tough situation there, I can’t go back up to the field and go wreck the 13. I had to maximize my points and have a good night and stay ahead of the 88.”

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Zane Smith promises it will be a different story than Martinsville

He might be a rookie, but it feels like the No.21 will respond to unsporting gestures in his own manner. The level of toughness is an element that a future champion needs to possess as well.

“So I guarantee you I won’t be taking any of that at Phoenix. And it will be a different situation the next time.” concluded Smith in his remarks.

In what has felt like a rough-and-tumble truck playoffs, GMS Racing rookie Zane Smith indicates he will have little tolerance if anyone tries to rough him up at Phoenix as he vies for the championship: pic.twitter.com/P180QA1JMx

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) November 4, 2020

Smith got shunted out by ThorSport Racing’s No.13 Johnny Sauter. This, obviously, potentially left Smith in a position of being eliminated in the Round of 8 stage.

Smith made his way back up and eventually finished the race in 3rd. With Grant Enfinger picking up the win at Martinsville. Regardless, the GMS Racing rookie has shown much this season to put a smile on his employer’s faces.

Smith is one of three GMS drivers contesting the Championship

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Perhaps it was this race craft and passion from Smith, that convinced GMS Racing to retain him for the 2021 season as well. The man from California expressed his delight to be returning with the team next year.

Oct 25, 2020; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt (23) passes Sheldon Creed (2) coming out of turn four during the SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Zane had previously stated, “Now there is a good kind of pressure and that’s winning the championship in my rookie year. I can’t wait to be back full-time next season with the knowledge and experience I have now.”

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Alongside fellow GMS drivers Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt, he will now aim for his maiden truck racing championship at the Phoenix Raceway on November 7.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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