Zane Smith
GMS Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Much like his GMS Racing teammate, Sheldon Creed, Smith came out of nowhere last season to win races and vie for the title. His rookie campaign in the Camping World Truck Series was quite impressive, claiming two victories and 13 Top-10 finishes. Smith would push Creed hard over those final three races of last season, claiming two runner-up and one third-place finish. However, that would be the difference in winning the championship and finishing runner-up. Smith will return to this strong race team in 2021 and once again be paired with the veteran crew chief, Kevin Manion. Entering the new season, GMS Racing seems to have all the momentum in this division of NASCAR and their young drivers appeared to be poised to reap the rewards. Read Past Outlooks
Claims Truck Series ROTY
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 11, 2020
Smith missed winning the championship by one spot, but he was crowned Truck Series Rookie of the Year, beyondtheflag.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith had a fantastic season for GMS Racing. He captured two wins and 13 Top-10 finishes in the 23-event season. Smith was in the thick of the championship battle and finished runner-up to Sheldon Creed in the season finale at Phoenix. The driver of the No. 21 Chevy has a bright future and will look to be a championship contender again in this division of NASCAR in 2021.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 6, 2020
Smith finished second in the Lucas Oil 150 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway Friday night.
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Third at Martinsville Speedway
Gander Outdoors Truck
October 30, 2020
Smith finished third in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway Friday night.
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Third at Texas Motor Speedway
Gander Outdoors Truck
October 25, 2020
Smith finished third in the SpeedyCash.com 400 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Awarded Truck Series Pole
Gander Outdoors Truck
August 26, 2020
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.
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Wins Dover Truck Race
Gander Outdoors Truck
August 21, 2020
Smith won the KDI Office Technology 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway Friday afternoon.
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