Dover Recap: Zane Smith

(Photo: Harold Hinson Photography)

Zane Smith piloted the No. 8 PatientPop Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s Allied Steel Buildings 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway. Smith battled hard all day and was rewarded with his second top 10 in four career NXS races.

Having never before driven the high banks of Dover, Smith rolled off in sixth position after a solid qualifying effort earlier in the day. When the green flag waved, Smith settled in, maintaining the position all the way through to the conclusion of Stage One.

After coming to the attention of the PatientPop team on pit road for the race’s first stop, Smith took the Stage Two restart in sixth. He climbed as high as fifth once back to green-flag racing, dealing with a tight condition, and held on to claim fifth for the stage end.

Smith lined up in seventh for the green flag on the final stage. As the laps clicked off, Smith found himself in the 10th spot. He soldiered forward two spots to eighth-place, but coming to the checkered flag the No. 23 of John Hunter Nemechek attempted a pass to the outside of the No. 8 machine off turn four. The two made contact enough to turn Smith around and the resulting spin caused the No. 8 to slide sideways across the start-finish line in ninth place.

Christopher Bell won the race and was followed the stripe by Smith’s JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe.

Zane Smith, driver No. 8 PatientPop team

“Up until the end, it was a really good day for our PatientPop team. Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and the guys were awesome all weekend, and we were within sight of the top five all day. If things had gone a just a little different, I think we could have ended up there.

“I’ll have to go back and watch the replay to see what happened with the No. 23 coming to the checkered. It was hard racing and we both weren’t giving each other an inch. I just hate that we tore up a good car right at the end of it all.”