Watch: An Emotional Zane Smith Talks About His Journey After First Nascar Career Win

Published 08/08/2020, 10:22 AM EDT


An emotional Zane Smith opened up on his journey in NASCAR after registering his first career win in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

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The Henry Ford Health System 200 race at Michigan International Speedway on Friday night was the first race of the weekend. Zane Smith made a stunning last-lap pass in double overtime for the victory.

“I really don’t know where to start. They tried to get another one from me. With the flat right rear, coming to the green, leading. I just can’t thank everyone enough who’s gotten me to this point. A lot of people don’t understand my situation with racing,” Smith said after the race to Fox Sports.

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Narrow win for Zane Smith at Michigan

“It’s unbelievable I’ve made it to this point. Just thank you,” he added. Eckes finished in second place, followed by Tanner Gray in third place. Tyler Ankrum and Todd Gilliland completed the top five with fourth and fifth places respectively.

The win did not come easily at all for Smith.

Zane Smith celebrates his victory after a NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

He edged another rookie and his friend, Christian Eckes, by just .318 seconds to seal the win.

He is now officially also into the playoffs for the Truck Series. Smith’s previous best result was a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season. This was his 12th career start.

Impressive season continues for Smith

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,” Smith said further.

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“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,” Smith concluded.

Smith drives the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing. He has made good strides in NASCAR this season. In 11 starts so far this season, he has three top-5 finishes and seven top-10 finishes.

Earlier in the race, Grant Enfinger looked good for a win before a three-truck collision that also involved Austin Hill took him out.

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Source – NASCAR, Twitter: FOX:NASCAR

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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