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Zane Smith Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heart Of America 200 At Kansas Speedway

From ESPN / Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Zane Smith drove away from pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Majeski on a restart with nine laps to go at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night for his third NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season.

The 22-year-old Smith, who moved from GMS Racing to Front Row Motorsports earlier this year, was slicing through lapped traffic with a comfortable cushion on the rest of the field when Dean Thompson crashed in the closing laps.

Smith chose the inside lane and launched away from the pack on the restart to add to his season-opening win at Daytona and his victory at Circuit of the Americas. Majeski was second and Grant Enfinger third while Nemechek, the winner last weekend at Darlington, got a terrible jump on the final restart and wound up sixth.

"Just so cool. That was one of my easier ones I've ever had to win,'' Smith said, "but that late-race restart scared me a little bit. Good thing I didn't have another one there because I'm stuck in fourth (gear), so sorry about no burnout.''

As for Nemechek?

"I spun tires. Didn't get a good push from behind. It's on me,'' he said. "I spun the tires. That's pretty much it.''

Majeski's career-best Truck series finish came a week after finishing fourth at Darlington.

"We were really close,'' he said. "We kept easing on the adjustments all night, getting the balance better on every run. ... We've been really hitting it off this year. It's been a ton of fun.''

Chandler Smith was fourth and Christian Eckes finished fifth.

Corey Heim, the 19-year-old from Georgia, bounced back from a crash in the ARCA race earlier Saturday to win the opening stage. The surprise winner at Atlanta was never challenged after getting past Nemechek for the race lead.

Heim then spent the second stage chasing Smith, who cruised to his fourth stage win, before his night went awry. Heim's engine began causing problems and he slapped the wall while running sixth in the final stage.

On the move throughout the first two stages was Stewart Friesen, whose trip from the back of the field wasn't nearly as frustrating as his trip to Kansas.

Friesen had so many travel woes -- he spent the previous night in a New York City airport -- that he wasn't at the track in time to qualify, so Bubba Wallace climbed into the No. 52 for practice and time trials.

Friesen's flight landed about the time that Wallace qualified fifth, but the driver switch sent him to the rear for the start. He finished 14th.

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Heart Of America 200 Results:

  1. Zane Smith

  2. Ty Majeski

  3. Grant Enfinger

  4. Chandler Smith

  5. Christian Eckes

  6. John Hunter Nemechek

  7. Matt Dibenedetto

  8. Derek Kraus

  9. Matt Crafton

  10. Ben Rhodes

  11. Colby Howard

  12. Riley Herbst(i)

  13. Chase Purdy

  14. Stewart Friesen

  15. Carson Hocevar

  16. Tyler Ankrum

  17. Hailie Deegan

  18. Tanner Gray

  19. Lawless Alan

  20. Tate Fogleman

  21. Tyler Hill

  22. Dean Thompson

  23. Austin Wayne Self

  24. Jesse Little

  25. Kris Wright

  26. Jack Wood

  27. Timmy Hill

  28. Ryan Huff

  29. Trey Hutchens

  30. Josh Reaume

  31. Spencer Boyd

  32. Blaine Perkins

  33. Corey Heim

  34. Matt Mills

  35. Jesse Iwuji


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