Zane Smith earns Monster Mile truck win

Although a late caution would pack the field together in the closing stretches, rookie Zane Smith would come out victorious at Dover International Speedway Friday evening.

The win is Smith’s second victory this season (Michigan on Aug. 7). The win is also his second career victory in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. 

Brett Moffitt would lead through the first six laps at the “Monster Mile” and begin to create distance on Matt Crafton until Tate Fogleman would spin out through turn four. Moffitt would again utilize great speed to create distance among the field on the lap 12 restart. 

Moffitt would continue to lead through the competition caution on lap 20. On the restart, Crafton and Hill would squeeze Moffitt out of the lead and would see Hill overtake Crafton through the inside lane to take the lead on lap 27. Hill would quickly build his distance to over two seconds and would claim the stage one victory.

After not taking tires, Johnny Sauter would win the race off pit road and begin stage two as the leader. After getting loose, Chandler Smith would capitalize and take the lead over Sauter on lap 48. Smith would hold the lead for 30 laps until rookie Derek Kraus would overtake him with less than 15 to go in stage two. 

Stage two would end under caution with Zane Smith winning the stage. The caution would come after Sheldon Creed, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith and Ben Rhodes would make contact and lead to Chandler spinning back outside the top 10. 

Despite review and approval of the restart, Eckes would lead at the beginning of the final stage and would quickly shoot outside to a half-second lead over Todd Gilliland. Moffitt, however, would be able to regain the lead over Eckes on lap 129. Moffitt’s teammate in Zane, however, would take back the lead for the second time of the evening on lap 154. 

After a collection of final pit stops, Smith would continue to lead the field by over one second. With eight to go, however, the caution would come out after Stewart Friesen would spin out.

On the restart with three to go, Smith would clear the field and claim the victory.

Crafton would finish second. The finish gives Crafton six top-five finishes in his past seven races. 

Moffitt would finish third. In three career races at Dover, Moffitt has now finished inside the top three in two out of three races (second in 2019). 

Sauter would finish sixth. The finish snaps Sauter’s win streak at Dover (three straight races dating back to 2017). The finish, however, does extend Sauter’s top-10 finish streak at the track to eight, dating back to 2013.

The truck series will continue Aug. 30 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. 

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