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NASCAR Ford Trucks In Playoff Trouble After Bristol 2023: Video

The opening race for the penultimate round of the 2023 Truck Series Playoffs at Bristol wasn’t overly kind to The Blue Oval on Thursday, September 14th, 2023. In fact, two of its most prominent NASCAR Ford F-150 teams are in danger of being eliminated, meaning they may not be able to make a run at the championship in Phoenix this year.

Zane Smith, driver of the No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150, led 43 laps during the event, as he stayed out on a pit cycle, putting him ahead of the rest of the field. However, when he visited Pit Road during Stage 2, he was penalized as the No. 38 F-150 was not within the bounds of his pit box. Ultimately, he finished 24th, as he was never able to recovery from the penalty.

“They said I was pitted outside my box by just a little bit,” Smith said. “I had to start at tail-end and yeah. I mean just definitely a rough, rough night but I mean, you saw it. Wherever you were gonna restart is where you were gonna run. My truck was terrible in the second stage but I had clean air, so just can’t pass. Just sucks.”

Meanwhile, Ty Majeski, driver of the No. 98 NASCAR Ford F-150, wrecked from fourth place on Lap 106. He attempted to navigate around a lapped truck, making contact with the No. 11 Toyota TRD Tundra of Corey Heim in the process. Majeski’s tire went down, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop and lose the lead lap, finishing 19th. Heim, meanwhile, went on to win.

“Yeah, I mean, the situation could have been a lot worse,” Majeski said. “Obviously not ideal. I don’t think we’re quite in the must-win [situation] yet, but it’s close.”

Both Smith and Majeski are now scored below the Playoffs cutoff line with two races left until the championship race.

NASCAR Truck Series Race Results, Bristol Motor Speedway, September 14, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 11 11 Corey Heim (P) Safelite Toyota 200 6 Toyota TRD Tundra
2 1 19 Christian Eckes (P) Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet 200 150 Chevrolet Silverado RST
3 13 23 Grant Enfinger (P) Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
4 2 42 Carson Hocevar (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
5 8 17 Taylor Gray # Dead On Tools Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
6 5 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
7 18 99 Ben Rhodes (P) Kubota Ford 200 0 Ford F-150
8 3 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 200 1 Chevrolet Silverado RST
9 35 2 Nick Sanchez # (P) Gainbridge Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
10 12 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
11 30 35 Jake Garcia # Quanta Services Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
12 27 7 Carson Kvapil(i) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
13 36 41 Bayley Currey Unishippers Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
14 24 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
15 20 66 Conner Jones Americas Quarter Horse Congress/TSPORT Ford 200 0 Ford F-150
16 21 88 Matt Crafton Black Label Bacon/Menards Ford 200 0 Ford F-150
17 19 13 Hailie Deegan America's Navy Ford 200 0 Ford F-150
18 28 75 Parker Kligerman(i) Jack Kite Company Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
19 4 98 Ty Majeski (P) Road Ranger Ford 200 0 Ford F-150
20 15 61 Jake Drew Cyclum Truck Stops Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
21 16 43 Daniel Dye # Champion Container Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
22 23 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
23 25 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 199 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
24 10 38 Zane Smith (P) Speedco/Delo Ford 199 43 Ford F-150
25 17 02 Kaden Honeycutt RANDCO Industries Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
26 26 56 Timmy Hill Southern Freight Services Toyota 199 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
27 29 32 Bret Holmes # David's Electric Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
28 22 45 Lawless Alan AUTOChargit Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
29 6 15 Tanner Gray ShopTRICON.com Toyota 198 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
30 9 1 William Sawalich Starkey/Soundgear Toyota 197 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
31 31 12 Spencer Boyd Twang Chevrolet 196 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
32 34 22 Stephen Mallozzi Outback Steakhouse Ford 192 0 Ford F-150
33 33 33 Memphis Villarreal Laredo Trailer Supply Ford 191 0 Ford F-150
34 32 20 Greg Van Alst CB Fabricating Chevrolet 140 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
35 14 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 14 0 Toyota TRD Tundra

# – 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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