Zane Smith is ready to race the Talladega trucks

ZANE SMITH #38 Love’s Travel/Peak Ford F-150 stop – How are you looking forward to this weekend with a bit of uncertainty about the weather? “I kind of approach it just like any weekend race to say the least. I don’t know. I was honestly really happy with our truck, for the most part, at Daytona and Daytona was really good for us. I felt like I was able to take a better drive than I was able to.” In the past we didn’t have the best speed I wish we were better in a few areas with our truck but we made some small changes We won’t be able to see those because there is no practice in Talladega but I saw it was likely to rain and I was kinda excited about This qualifier because I think I’ll start second and my efforts to qualify in Daytona weren’t great, but I don’t know. We’ll see. I don’t know where we should qualify. The changes we’ve made might be really good, but I think time will tell. There’s no doubt In that I think we’ll race well and that’s what matters.”

Do you feel like you need to get stage points or are you going to give up if things get too crazy to make sure you make it to the end? “I was just excited about racing the whole time. I’ve been in wrecks all over the place in Talladega. I feel like I’m wrecked riding and I’ve crashed driving so I wanted to race but some guys on my team say they think we should ride, but I don’t I know. I feel like it’s one of those deals that I want to race in, and if you’re going to get there, I feel like you’re taking advantage of some stage points, but obviously you kind of read around and how they are. Re racing. Obviously, if it’s It’s getting a lot more, I think you need to get out of it. We’re past the bubble by 21 pips right now and that’s just something to keep in mind and keep track of where we’ve come from. I know there are going to be a few guys that are going to be really aggressive below the cut-off line. , so you just need to watch them and how they race and hopefully they don’t get caught up in someone else’s mess.”

There is some conversation about DGR potentially changing manufacturers. If they do and you need to bring more things home, are you comfortable with what you can do in the front row on your own? “Yeah me. I don’t know what’s been done and what’s going to happen there, but I’m mostly just focused on our group, but, no, I’m not too concerned. I feel the attention to detail is the best I’ve ever seen with the group we have in this truck 38 and this Something really important in this department. It would be hard to find the right people if that was the case, but hopefully whatever the case may be, we know sooner rather than later so we know which direction we need to move in.”

Are you at a disadvantage with the number of Ford trucks in the field in Talladega compared to other manufacturers? “We had our meeting yesterday just to help each other out. It’s really hard to get into these races just with a specific plan and that’s what we’re going to do. Usually, when that happens, I think anything is possible as far as bad things to screw up that plan happen. I know Truck 17 is chasing the owner’s championship , so I don’t know how much less it is, but I’m sure it’s going to be aggressive and then I hope truck 1 and 15 will help out on some stage points, whether it helps we push and get some or take away stage points from others. I know Parker and I worked well together in Daytona and I’ve worked with Grant on some super fast stuff. At first I feel like chasing stage points, yeah, there’s a craft help people work together, but eventually I feel like it’s all to themselves and who lines up behind you on reboot, especially now that That I’m in round eight and if I win it’s going into round four, so yeah, it’s low numbers at Ford camp, but it didn’t affect us that much at Daytona, so I’m not too concerned about that.”

Have you developed a good idea of ​​when action at breakneck speed can come, and if so, what does that mean? “Yeah, I don’t know if I’m lucky just reading other trucks around me. In Talladega I don’t have a track record of this, but in most situations I feel like I’ve read those well and got lucky, so I feel some of that is related to the observer as well. I think I probably have the best observer out there in Josh Williams. He’s great at reading these situations. I mean, I saw that on Sundays too with Ryan always there, so I’m pretty confident with the group I have around and I have more experience now and now, for good Luck the race wins super fast, so it just gives confidence. I’ve just been to every aspect of the situation on a super fast road in a truck, so I don’t know what Talladega will bring in. I don’t think anyone knows, but we’ll do our best and hopefully come out well Good and we go to Homestead still above the bubble.”

With the long breaks coming up in the PLAYOFFS Truck Series, is there anything you’ve planned to go to the race, like karting or something, to keep your skills sharp – and what are those breaks? “I definitely wish I was able to race more than anything else. I’ve just done my same training routine that I’ve been doing for the past three years and it keeps me busy, but, yeah, I wish I’d been racing more. I got really sick after Bristol, but I Now in good shape and ready to come back in. The long breaks sure really suck, especially since it’s straight after the eight week period, so I hope in the future it will be a little different. I know I have planned next year to have a lot of races to keep me occupied. I’m excited about it.”

I won the Arca race in Talladega in 2018 and home after that. What are your expectations for the next two races? “It was a really great experience winning in Talladega with an ARCA car and a very exciting finish. ARCA races, at the time we were still racing hard. There were at least two lanes. Now I feel it is mostly a single file, but the trucks are very different from how massive the tracks are. You get it and it’s obviously more competitive. I just got a glimpse of what I had in Daytona and was happy with my truck for the most part. It played really well for us, so obviously we’re bringing the same truck back and hopefully we’ll do the same.”

Is there a chance you will run XFINITY part-time in 2023 and the DAYTONA 500? “Yes, I now have a few races scheduled on the cup side with the front row, starting with trying to get to the Daytona 500. Other than that, we don’t have any races set on stone yet. We’re just waiting for a few more dominoes to fall. It’s the exact same deal on the The Xfinity side. Not really sure who he’s going to be with or what, but we’re trying to put together some Xfinity races, but that goes back to what I’ve been saying, where we’re just trying to stay busy and race more. That’s my main goal for next year.”

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