Trackhouse’s Buyout of Chip Ganassi Leaves This NASCAR Driver’s Cup Series Dreams in Tatters

Published 11/05/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 27: Team owner Chip Ganassi looks on as drivers perpare on Carb Day ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Motorsports depend heavily on finances. Sometimes, due to this fact, owners whose teams are in dire financial conditions have to sell them. This usually results in positive outcomes for all those involved. But driver Zane Smith found himself on the wrong end of this.

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Smith had been signed by Chip Ganassi for 2022, but the team’s sale to Trackhouse Racing in June left the driver in a no-man’s-land.

“I was signed by them—and that’s where that is,” Smith said as reported by RacinBoys.

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“So, it’s wild how things change.”

DOVER, DELAWARE – AUGUST 21: Zane Smith, driver of the #21 On The House Cocktail Mix Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series KDI Office Technology 200 at Dover International Speedway on August 21, 2020 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Zane Smith, who competes in NASCAR Camping Truck Series, said he has no complaints or any bad blood since everything unravelled over a course of a few days. He admitted he felt excited and fortunate to be racing in the top tier, but he has accepted how things are now.

Smith has no luck but momentum

The Lionel Racing driver was in a tough spot heading into Martinsville, with a win being the only result for him to advance to the Last 4. And that’s what he did. He finished first and qualified for Phoenix’s title decider.

On Friday, he will compete against Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek.

By pulling off the ultimate long shot in Martinsville, Smith carries more than just good momentum into Phoenix. The No.21 driver has the top Average Finish (2.0) and he also finished second to last year’s champion Sheldon Creed.

Zane Smith just wants to race

Although he admits that not knowing his future is unnerving but this only makes him more motivated to do better.

But he also admits to the pressure. He is aware that winning in Phoenix will not only determine the outcome of his current season, but it will also be a big factor in deciding his future for 2022.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JULY 18: Zane Smith, driver of the #21 LaPaz Margarita Mix Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on July 18, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Yet, he insists he doesn’t want to monitor how things unfold off the track. Smith says he has a team that takes care of these matters.

Perhaps he should take some interest in off-track matters, considering what happened to him in June.

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But then again, you can’t blame him for wanting to do the only thing a race car driver should essentially do; race.

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“All I want to do is go and win on Friday night. Hopefully, that will fix a lot of problems.” 

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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