Zane Smith dominates Heart of America 200

Zane Smith is the only driver with multiple wins in the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A dominating performance in Friday’s Heart of America 200 at Kansas Speedway means he now has a two-win advantage over everyone else with a victory. He led 108 of 134 laps in the race, with Corey Heim having the second most with just eighteen.

Heim won the opening stage after taking the lead from Smith, who in turn claimed the spot from pole winner John Hunter Nemechek, on lap 22. However, Heim’s hopes of winning came to an end when his engine started to randomly shut off, causing him to hit the wall and forcing a late pit stop.

Smith won Stage #2. While the first two segments ran caution-free, Niece Motorsports trucks were responsible for cautions in Stage #3 when Kris Wright spun on lap 92 while Dean Thompson did so on lap 123.

The Wright caution allowed Heim to spend some time in front before Smith re-assumed the lead for the ensuing restart. Ty Majeski, who along with ThorSport Racing team-mate Ben Rhodes were the only other drivers to lead laps, was no match for Smith.

The victory is Smith’s sixth in the Truck Series, first at Kansas, and first on a 1.5-mile oval. This leaves dirt tracks—of which there are two on the Truck calendar with Bristol in March and Knoxville in June—as the lone circuit type he has yet to win on. Smith’s other victories have come on a two-mile oval (Michigan 2020), one-mile oval (Dover 2020), short track (Martinsville 2021), superspeedway (Daytona 2022), and road course (COTA 2022)

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 4 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 134 Running
2 3 66 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Toyota 134 Running
3 21 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 134 Running
4 6 18 Chandler Smith Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 134 Running
5 17 98 Christian Eckes ThorSport Racing Toyota 134 Running
6 1 4 John Hunter Nemechek Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 134 Running
7 12 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 134 Running
8 8 19 Derek Kraus McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 134 Running
9 10 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Toyota 134 Running
10 15 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Toyota 134 Running
11 11 91 Colby Howard McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 134 Running
12 7 17 Riley Herbst* David Gilliland Racing Ford 134 Running
13 14 61 Chase Purdy Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 134 Running
14 5 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 134 Running
15 16 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 134 Running
16 20 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 134 Running
17 18 1 Hailie Deegan David Gilliland Racing Ford 134 Running
18 9 15 Tanner Gray David Gilliland Racing Ford 134 Running
19 25 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 134 Running
20 35 30 Tate Fogleman On Point Motorsports Toyota 133 Running
21 33 5 Tyler Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 133 Running
22 19 40 Dean Thompson Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 133 Running
23 23 22 Austin Wayne Self AM Racing Chevrolet 133 Running
24 22 02 Jesse Little Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 132 Running
25 24 44 Kris Wright Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 132 Running
26 13 24 Jack Wood GMS Racing Chevrolet 131 Running
27 26 56 Timmy Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 130 Running
28 31 46 Ryan Huff G2G Racing Toyota 130 Running
29 32 14 Trey Hutchens Trey Hutchens Racing Chevrolet 130 Running
30 29 33 Josh Reaume Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota 129 Running
31 30 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 127 Running
32 27 9 Blaine Perkins CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 126 Running
33 2 51 Corey Heim Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 124 Running
34 28 20 Matt Mills* Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 91 Axle
35 34 43 Jesse Iwuji* Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet 24 Too Slow
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points

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