After winning Stage 2, Zane Smith would go on to win the Gander Trucks KDI Office Technology 200 at Dover International Speedway
Zane Smith won the Gander Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday night for his second victory in his last three starts. His other trip to the winner’s circle was at Michigan, which punched his ticket into the playoffs.
Smith held off Matt Crafton and Brett Moffitt to take the checkered flag in front of an empty track at Dover. In thirteen races this season, the 21-year old now has nine top-ten finishes.
“What an awesome truck,” Smith said, via NASCAR. “I think we all know that I suck at restarts, but I picked a good time to have a good one. Man, two wins. This is by far the most fun I’ve ever had racing in my career. I’m just so blessed to be here.”
With his victory, he collects an extra $50,000 as part of the Triple Truck Challenge. His teammate at GMS Racing, Sheldon Creed, banked the same amount after his win on the Daytona Road Course.
Rounding out the top-ten were Crafton and Moffitt, followed by Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum, Austin Hill, Stewart Friesen, and Derek Kraus.
On the playoff front, it pretty much stayed the same with Gilliland holding down the tenth and final spot. But the distance between Gilliland and Kraus is precarious as it is just a four-point advantage. There are three more races before the playoffs begin on Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“We’re right on the bubble and we need to have these good days, but the guys around us are stepping up, too,” said Gilliland, via NASCAR, who finished fourth to Kraus’ 10th Friday. “So we’ve just got to maximize every day.”
Information from the AP Pool Reports contributed to this report.
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