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No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150 Wins Rain Shortened Daytona 2023: Video

Zane Smith guided the No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150 race truck to the front of the field at just the right time for the 2023 season-opening race at Daytona, as rain ultimately cut the event short and handed him the victory.

Misty rain wreaked havoc on the race, forcing several cautions almost immediately after the green flag dropped. The Truck Series field was only able to run 79 of the scheduled 100 laps before the sanctioning body called the event as another wave of precipitation ended track drying efforts. However, Smith certainly wasn’t upset to see the race officially called, as he had eked his way into first place when the storm really picked  up.

“I tried to play that race as smart as possible,” said Smith after the race. “When it was getting really aggressive, I was getting out of it. I knew these patches of rain were a thing in our Ford meeting earlier in the day. I didn’t think it would stick around for this long. You never know what can happen. A huge, huge shoutout to all the race fans. I apologize so much that we couldn’t go back racing for you all. Hopefully, we’ll give you guys a good show tomorrow [in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race], and I’ll be out there Sunday [for the Daytona 500] – so super excited about that.”

Smith was the only NASCAR Ford F-150 to finish in the top five, as the No. 38 F-150 led a slew of Chevrolets and a few Toyotas to the rain-shortened finish. The next-best Blue Oval-badged finisher was Ty Majeski, who brought the No.  F-150 home in sixth place.

The No. 13 NASCAR Ford of Hailie Deegan, meanwhile, was collected and severely damaged in a mid-race wreck, ending her first stint behind the wheel of her new machine early.

NASCAR Truck Series Race Results, Daytona International Speedway, February 17, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 15 38 Zane Smith Love's/Speedco Ford 79 17 Ford F-150
2 19 15 Tanner Gray Dead On Tools Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
3 4 19 Christian Eckes NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet 79 19 Chevrolet Silverado RST
4 21 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 79 2 Chevrolet Silverado RST
5 16 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
6 2 98 Ty Majeski Road Ranger Ford 79 2 Ford F-150
7 27 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 79 15 Toyota Tundra
8 13 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
9 6 88 Matt Crafton Mold-Armor/Menards Ford 79 2 Ford F-150
10 14 35 Chase Elliott(i) Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
11 26 99 Ben Rhodes Clarks Pump-N-Shop Ford 79 0 Ford F-150
12 9 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
13 25 41 Travis Pastrana(i) Worldwide Express/BRCC Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
14 20 17 Sammy Smith(i) Mobil 1 Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
15 7 1 Jason A White Celsius Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
16 32 56 Timmy Hill Coble Enterprises Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
17 10 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 79 1 Chevrolet Silverado RST
18 11 20 Derek Kraus Hardscape Construction Inc Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
19 34 22 Josh Reaume JAG Metals Ford 79 0 Ford F-150
20 8 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
21 36 34 Jason M White Powder Ventures Excavations Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
22 30 2 Kris Wright F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
23 5 7 Corey LaJoie(i) Schluter Systems Chevrolet 79 19 Chevrolet Silverado RST
24 35 33 Mason Massey Brunt Ford 79 0 Ford F-150
25 33 30 Chris Hacker Morgan & Morgan P.A. Toyota 79 0 Toyota Tundra
26 1 2 Nick Sanchez # Gainbridge Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
27 3 51 Jack Wood Eberlestock Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
28 23 52 Stewart Friesen Aim Autism/Halmar Toyota 74 2 Toyota Tundra
29 17 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 57 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
30 29 43 Daniel Dye # Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza Chevrolet 57 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
31 22 32 Bret Holmes # Pate Holdings Chevrolet 49 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
32 24 75 Parker Kligerman(i) Purina/Food Country USA Chevrolet 45 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
33 28 97 Codie Rohrbaugh Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 39 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
34 31 84 Clay Greenfield Backyard Blues Pools Toyota 28 0 Toyota Tundra
35 12 13 Hailie Deegan Ford Performance Ford 28 0 Ford F-150
36 18 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 28 0 Toyota Tundra

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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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. cj

    if there ever was a series of racing Ford should not be in …is this series….sometime back…they changed the engines….now all the brands are bascally running a GM spec engine…and with all the internet and social media…most race fans know it….it demotes the Ford brand….hope they either pull out or go back to there own engine….

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    1. blksn8k

      I agree 100%. The engines rules were changed a few years ago to favor the GM spec engine in a supposed effort to save the lower budget teams that race in this series a little money and I don’t think you will ever see any other engines ever used again. The only purpose this and ARCA, the other GM spec engine series, serve for the teams is as training grounds for new drivers. Ford and Toyota have been forced into this situation by NASCAR. The only way this will ever change is if those two manufacturers grow some kahunas and pull out of both series and the only way that will happen is if their fans stop watching. I already did.

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  2. Don

    With NASCAR’s truck series being little more than a developmental series now, the only reason to have brand identity on the race vehicles is to establish a manufacrurer’s connection to the driver as they (hopefully) move up the ranks to xfinity and Cup. Leveling the playing field with identical engines makes some sense, but it’s a real disappointment to anyone who follows racing for more than flash. NASCAR is now an entertainment series more than a true sport.

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    1. Booker

      Is the point of a sport not to be an entertainment series? Lol.

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    2. cj

      What the use of a manufacturer to be in the sport…if the engine…is not there product….Ford bread and butter is trucks….no matter who the driver is…..the engine has always been a major part of it…

      Reply

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