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By Jim Utter, Aug. 8, 2023

Zane Smith begins his quest for a second consecutive NASCAR Trucks title hoping for less drama than his rollercoaster regular season.

While Smith, 24, got off to a strong start to the 2023 season with a pair of wins in the first four races, he and his No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford team have experienced their share of issues since.

In one four-race span, the native of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished 20th or worse and he crashed out of two races this season.

Smith is on a little more of an upswing as the playoffs get under way with Friday night’s race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He has three top-three finishes in his last four races, including a third most recently at Richmond, Va.

“To be honest, last year we hardly had any adversity and this year I feel like our race team is in a great position, it’s just had a lot of ups and downs,” Smith said.

“We just need to do the small things a little bit better and focus on our end result a little bit more, instead of so focused on those stage wins. Yes, they were extremely important, but I’m happy where our race team is.

“Unfortunately, I’ve had some torn up trucks throughout the process, which sucks for everyone at FRM, but we win together and we lose together.”

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