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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Zane Smith
Johnny Sauter should be motivated to perform well on Richmond’s short track with a playoff position within reach.
Two-time 2021 winner Ben Rhodes will start Saturday's race fifth and has finished in the top 10 in his five prior starts at this circuit.
Rookie Hailie Deegan, who makes C.J. Radune’s list of picks this week, will make her first Las Vegas start in the series in 30th position.
The Truck series races on the first of its four road courses Friday, and Austin Hill could offer fantasy players finish differential points if he does well on the Daytona course.
Defending race winner Grant Enfinger has performed well at this track the last few years and Friday shouldn’t be an exception.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smith takes over the vaunted No. 21 team of GMS Racing this year. This is the same team that Johnny Sauter piloted to a championship in 2016 and 13 total victories between 2016 and 2018. The 20-year-old Californian will be paired with crew chief Kevin Manion and set out to capture the Rookie of the Year honors in the truck series. Smith raced an impressive 10-start schedule with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series last season. He earned seven Top 10's in those 10 starts. Now Smith will continue his NASCAR development with a full-time ride in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. There's a lot of potential in this driver and team lineup, and Smith could be under-ranked in the middle teens to start the season.
The California native and next young face in the Xfinity Series will take over the reins of the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet for the departed champion, Tyler Reddick. Smith will race in eight events spread throughout the upcoming year, starting in March at Las Vegas and ending at Dover in October. The 19-year-old talent is fresh off a dominant campaign in the ARCA Series where he nabbed four victories and 12 Top-5 finishes en route to a runner-up finish in the final driver standings of that racing series. Smith will share this ride with other drivers that have yet to be named at the time of this writing. This is a strong race team that has taken both William Byron and Tyler Reddick to the last two Xfinity Series titles. It will be a different story in 2019, but tons of potential for the future with some good finishes along the way as well as a lot of lessons learned.
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Runner-up Finish at Phoenix
Smith finished second in the Lucas Oil 150 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway Friday night.
Third at Martinsville Speedway
Smith finished third in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway Friday night.
Third at Texas Motor Speedway
Smith finished third in the SpeedyCash.com 400 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Awarded Truck Series Pole
Smith will start from the pole for the WWT Raceway 200 Gander RV Outdoors Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Sunday afternoon.
Wins Dover Truck Race
Smith won the KDI Office Technology 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway Friday afternoon.