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No. 38 Nascar Ford F-150 Nabs Truck Series Championship At Phoenix: Video

Zane Smith raced his No. 38 Nascar Ford F-150 to his first-ever Truck Series championship in an Overtime finish at Phoenix Raceway on November 4th, 2022.

Smith’s No. 38 F-150 outclassed Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 Toyota Tundra race truck and defending series champion, by a margin of just .236 seconds after an eventful final two laps. Smith put his No. 38 F-150 right behind Rhodes’ No. 99 Tundra on the final restart and was able to claim the lead after diving through the backstretch “dogleg” turn. He was able to keep Rhodes’ No. 99 Toyota and Chandler Smith’s No. 18 Tundra behind him all the way to the checkered flag.

Previously, Smith finished second in the Truck Series championship in 2020 and 2021. “The third time’s the charm,” Smith said, and stated that he had been crying as he wheeled his No. 38 Nascar Ford F-150 around the track for the final circuit. When asked of his mindset in the final Overtime restart, he said his only thought was, “‘I’m going to win this.’ There was no other option. I was either backing it in the fence wrecking, or I was leaving tonight with a championship trophy. There were no other options, and when I saw the 18 [Chandler Smith] get underneath me I was worried that I got him too loose underneath me.”

Thankfully, that didn’t happen, and the race stayed clean to the checkered flag. The championship-winning race at Phoenix marked Smith’s fourth win of the 2022 Truck Series season. Not only does it mark his first championship, but that of his race team, Front Row Motorsports. Smith will return to Front Row for the 2023 Truck Series season to pilot the No. 38 Nascar Ford F-150 and will also run a handful of Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500 in February.

Overall, it was a good weekend to be behind the wheel of a Blue Oval race car – Joey Logano secured the championship at the Cup Series level in the No. 22 Ford Mustang.

Nascar Truck Series Race Results, Phoenix Raceway, November 4, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 38 Zane Smith (P) Michael Roberts Construction Ford 154 77 Ford F-150
2 6 99 Ben Rhodes (P) Kubota Toyota 154 8 Toyota Tundra
3 12 18 Chandler Smith (P) Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 154 9 Toyota Tundra
4 10 4 John Hunter Nemechek Pye-Barker Fire & Safety Toyota 154 44 Toyota Tundra
5 5 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 154 6 Toyota Tundra
6 13 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
7 3 51 Corey Heim # Crescent Tools Toyota 154 5 Toyota Tundra
8 4 15 Tanner Gray Ford Performance Ford 154 0 Ford F-150
9 15 30 Kaden Honeycutt Race Face Digital Toyota 154 0 Toyota Tundra
10 22 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
11 23 19 Derek Kraus NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
12 9 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota 154 0 Toyota Tundra
13 2 62 Layne Riggs RamJack Foundation Repair Toyota 154 5 Toyota Tundra
14 24 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 154 0 Toyota Tundra
15 20 91 Colby Howard Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
16 17 35 Jake Garcia Quanta Services Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
17 21 17 Taylor Gray Ford Performance Ford 154 0 Ford F-150
18 32 45 Lawless Alan # AUTOChargit Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
19 19 61 Chase Purdy Ibaraki Toyopet Toyota 154 0 Toyota Tundra
20 8 66 Ty Majeski (P) Road Ranger Toyota 154 0 Toyota Tundra
21 26 40 Dean Thompson # Worldwide Express Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Silverado
22 11 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing Chevrolet 153 0 Chevrolet Silverado
23 31 5 Tyler Hill Garry Mercer Trucking Inc. Toyota 152 0 Toyota Tundra
24 30 22 Austin Wayne Self AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet 152 0 Chevrolet Silverado
25 25 9 Blaine Perkins # RACELINE Chevrolet 152 0 Chevrolet Silverado
26 28 43 Chris Hacker Morgan & Morgan Toyota 152 0 Toyota Tundra
27 29 56 Timmy Hill Coble Enterprises Toyota 152 0 Toyota Tundra
28 27 2 Johnny Sauter RANDCO Industries Chevrolet 152 0 Chevrolet Silverado
29 16 24 Jack Wood # Quick Quack Car Wash Chevrolet 151 0 Chevrolet Silverado
30 7 98 Christian Eckes CMR Construction & Roofing Toyota 151 0 Toyota Tundra
31 14 1 Hailie Deegan Wastequip Ford 133 0 Ford F-150
32 18 7 Rajah Caruth Circle Chevrolet 106 0 Chevrolet Silverado
33 33 12 Spencer Boyd Off The Grid Chevrolet 63 0 Chevrolet Silverado
34 34 33 Keith McGee Murphys Towing and Diesel Chevrolet 15 0 Chevrolet Silverado
35 35 20 Armani Williams Visit Mesa Chevrolet 6 0 Chevrolet Silverado

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. CHARLES STEMPLE

    Well deserved championship,he performed very well under pressure!! Great driver.

    Reply
  2. LANCE CLOUSER

    Excellent drive with the enemy all around him spectacular!!

    Reply
  3. jerry w guess

    pretty good for the LS powered ford decal

    Reply

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