NASCAR Next Driver Zane Smith Wins Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway
NASCAR Next driver Zane Smith won the Menards 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway Sunday by a margin of .773 seconds over fellow program member Chase Purdy.
Smith passed Purdy for second on lap 116 and then stalked and caught leader Chandler Smith – who is not related. When Chandler ran across the lapped car of Mike Basham, Zane pounced and made a three-wide pass.
In the second half of the race, the two NASCAR Next classmates swapped the lead with Smith grabbing the top spot for good with 15 laps remaining.
Zane Smith’s victory was his first since being named to the 2018 NASCAR Next class and the third win of the ARCA season in five races this year.
Smith won the Music City 200 April 7 on the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway, finished second in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway April 22 and won the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway April 27.
His Toledo win is the fourth consecutive first- or second-place finish in the ARCA Series for the 19-year-old driver.
Another NASCAR Next driver, Riley Herbst finished 19th. Herbst was involved in a lap 100 accident and finished 45 laps off the pace.