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No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150 Falls Short At Spring 2023 Las Vegas: Video

Defending Truck Series champion Zane Smith set his No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150 race truck after leader Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Chevy Silverado RST as the laps at Las Vegas wound down, but The Blue Oval racer just couldn’t reel Busch in.

All told, Busch’s No. 51 Silverado crossed the line almost five seconds ahead of Smith’s No. 38 F-150, who ended up off the pace due to a round of pit stops late in the race. Smith’s No. 38 NASCAR Ford race truck was fast enough to win the first stage, but he just wasn’t fast enough to catch Busch’s No. 51 Silverado.

Even so, he wasn’t overly disappointed with his performance. “I’m happy with our day,” he said after the race. “We had a really good Speedco Ford. Happy with our stage win. Got shuffled back there in one of those late-race restarts and just kind of let Kyle [Busch] get away – and it’s so hard executing pit road chasing him.”

Smith added, “Still happy with our day – another good points day. Create some momentum and go on to the next one.”

Ben Rhodes and the No. 99 F-150 finished third, followed by the No. 11 Toyota TRD Tundra of Corey Heim. Ty Majeski’s No. 98 F-150 rounded out the top five.

Meanwhile, the No. 13 NASCAR Ford F-150 of Hailie Deegan qualified well and showed strength early on, but she was caught in a late-race wreck that eliminated her from contention.

NASCAR Truck Series Race Results, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 3, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 51 Kyle Busch(i) Zariz Transport Chevrolet 134 84 Chevrolet Silverado RST
2 7 38 Zane Smith Speedco Ford 134 8 Ford F-150
3 9 99 Ben Rhodes Kubota Ford 134 2 Ford F-150
4 15 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
5 4 98 Ty Majeski Curb Records Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
6 12 19 Christian Eckes NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
7 8 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 134 19 Chevrolet Silverado RST
8 3 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
9 17 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 134 3 Chevrolet Silverado RST
10 14 35 Jake Garcia # Quanta Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
11 11 88 Matt Crafton Slim Jim/Menards Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
12 19 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing Chevrolet 133 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
13 16 15 Tanner Gray Dead On Tools Toyota 133 0 Toyota Tundra
14 22 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 133 0 Toyota Tundra
15 18 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 133 0 Toyota Tundra
16 25 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 133 0 Toyota Tundra
17 10 1 Kaz Grala(i) Ruedebusch Dev & Construction Toyota 133 5 Toyota Tundra
18 27 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 133 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
19 20 43 Daniel Dye # Halifax Health Chevrolet 132 5 Chevrolet Silverado RST
20 21 45 Lawless Alan AUTOParkit Chevrolet 132 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
21 30 22 Max Gutierrez Bolsa DX Ford 131 0 Ford F-150
22 26 56 Timmy Hill UNITS Storage Toyota 131 0 Toyota Tundra
23 31 12 Spencer Boyd Nor-Cal Equipment Rentals Chevrolet 130 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
24 23 41 Ross Chastain(i) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 130 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
25 29 4 Kaden Honeycutt CarQuest Ford 130 0 Ford F-150
26 35 20 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 129 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
27 32 33 Mason Massey Ford 129 0 Ford F-150
28 28 2 Kris Wright F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet 126 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
29 24 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 122 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
30 2 2 Nick Sanchez # Gainbridge Chevrolet 103 8 Chevrolet Silverado RST
31 13 17 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Berry's Manufacturing Toyota 98 0 Toyota Tundra
32 5 13 Hailie Deegan Pennzoil Screen To Speed Ford 59 0 Ford F-150
33 34 46 Brennan Poole(i) South Point Toyota 20 0 Toyota Tundra
34 6 32 Bret Holmes # Pate Holdings Chevrolet 16 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
35 33 34 Josh Reaume Reaume Brothers Racing Ford 4 0 Ford F-150

# – 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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