KDI Office Technology 200: Rookie Zane Smith triumphs

Zane Smith began watching races from Dover International Speedway when he was in elementary school, seeing stars like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter have success on the one-mile, high-banked concrete oval.

 

On Friday, the 21-year-old rookie was racing alongside – and passing – those veterans of the sport and earned his own place in Monster Mile history.

 

Smith, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet for GMS Racing, topped Crafton by 0.989 seconds to win the “KDI Office Technology 200” NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race for his second victory of the season and gained a $50,000 bonus as part of the Triple Truck Challenge.

 

“I’ve watched this place since I was 7 years old,” Smith said. “I made my debut here in a Xfinity Series car last year. I love how you have to search around and look for grip. It’s a lot of fun. I always circle this place on the calendar, whenever I get the chance to run here.”

“KDI Office Technology 200” Results

Smith completed the 200 miles in 1 hour, 48 minutes and 21 seconds for an average speed of 110.752 mph while dodging five caution periods that consumed 27 laps.

 

The competitive event saw a track record 10 drivers lead at least one lap, several two- and three-wide battles for position and Smith and teammate Brett Moffitt leading a race-high 50 laps apiece.

 

Smith and Moffitt were in the front row for the final restart which came out after a Stewart Friesen spin on Lap 193. Smith chose the outside lane, got a great jump when the green flag waved on Lap 198 and slid in front of Moffitt entering the first turn.

 

“I knew that was going to be the winning move,” Smith said. “We put on a good show that final stage. We have a really stout team this year.”

 

Crafton passed Moffitt for second, followed by Todd Gilliland in fourth and Ben Rhodes in fifth. Sauter, who had won the last three Truck Series races at Dover, placed sixth.

 

“This is the most confident I’ve ever been,” said Smith, who led the race’s final 33 laps. “I grew up watching Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. To race with them and compete with them is pretty cool.”