NASCAR News: Zane Smith to Race Select Truck Series Race With McAnally Hilgemann Racing

Published 02/09/2024, 11:05 AM EST

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McAnally-Hilgeman Racing has announced Zane Smith will run a partial schedule for the team in the 2024 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Smith will be driving the No. 91 ride with Instacoat Premium Products. serving as his sponsor. Smith’s No.91 Chevy Silverado will be draped in IPP paint schemes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 1st), Bristol Motorspeedway, (March 16), and Kansas Speedway (May 4th).

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The 2022 Truck Series Champion will also ride the No.19 Chevrolet Silverado for two racing events at North Wilkesboro Speedway (May 18) and Richmond Speedway (August 10). MHR, with this announcement, has renewed their partnership with IPP for the 2024 Truck Series season.

Zane Smith looking to enjoy his stint at MHR

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The Craftsman Truck Series was a home for Smith where he made his name as one of the promising upcoming drivers in NASCAR. While he may have made the big switch in running a full schedule in the Cup Series with Spire. He will be back for some Truck Series action in 2024. Having won the tile with Front Row Motorsports, piloting a Ford ride, this time around he will be driving MHR’s No.91 Chevy Silverado in select races for 2024.

Expressing his joy after joining the team, Smith in a press release said, “I’m super pumped to partner up with Bill McAnally and the MHR team for a handful of NCTS races this season. It is going to be fun to race to win and not have to necessarily worry about racing for points.”

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Owner Bill McAnally said the addition of Smith to the team acts as a great asset for all his teams. “Having Zane is a huge boost for our team and will be a great benefit to Jack Wood and the entire No. 91. Zane and Christian have been teammates before earlier in their careers also and he’ll be a great asset to all four teams.

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While there won’t be any pressure on him to perform in the Truck Series but the same cannot be said for his rookie Cup Series adventure. The 24-year-old is looking to make steady progress and has also pinned out his objective for 2024.

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Rookie of the Year award in focus for Zane Smith

Technically, Smith is a Trackhosue Racing driver but an alliance between Trackhouse and Spire Motorsports will see him drive for Jeff Dickerson’s team. The young driver has had his fair share of Cup Series experience, competing at Daytona and other Superspeedways. However, that was a part-time stint and now that he has got a big opportunity to race every weekend, he wants to make the most of it.

Speaking with Racing America, Smith explained his realistic targets for the season , “I mean rookie season and your first season is obviously no joke. You get to experience the Cup side fortunately, I’ve had eight so races. Racing on Sunday which I feel like will go a long way going into your first season. For me, it’s just having a steady progression. Come year-end, I want my arrow facing upwards instead of downwards. But I guess ultimately, wanting the Rookie of the Year award.

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Spire Motorsports have certainly beefed up their entire team and made some massive changes in the off-season. With a fresh lineup and new energy, the Spire team will look to pull of some major upsets and at the same time, will look to make their mark on the grid during 2024 season.

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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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