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Circuit of The Americas Race Results

XPEL 225

March 25, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Zane Smith

38 |

7

Running

42

16

52

5

2

Kyle Busch

51 |

2

Running

42

12

0

0

3

Ty Majeski

98 |

3

Running

42

1

43

0

4

Tyler Ankrum

16 |

12

Running

42

0

37

0

5

Ross Chastain

41 |

1

Running

42

10

0

0

6

Corey Heim

11 |

11

Running

42

0

39

0

7

Nicholas Sanchez

2 |

4

Running

42

0

31

0

8

Tanner Gray

15 |

9

Running

42

0

29

0

9

Kaz Grala

1 |

10

Running

42

0

0

0

10

Ben Rhodes

99 |

13

Running

42

0

31

0

11

Taylor Gray

17 |

19

Running

42

0

26

0

12

Grant Enfinger

23 |

8

Running

42

0

25

0

13

Rajah Caruth

24 |

20

Running

42

0

24

0

14

Stewart Friesen

52 |

15

Running

42

0

30

0

15

Kaden Honeycutt

04 |

24

Running

42

0

25

0

16

Hailie Deegan

13 |

16

Running

42

0

26

0

17

Lawless Alan

45 |

18

Running

42

0

28

0

18

Daniel Dye

43 |

36

Running

42

0

19

0

19

Jake Garcia

35 |

32

Running

42

0

18

0

20

Colin Garrett

30 |

25

Running

42

0

17

0

21

Kris Wright

02 |

35

Running

42

0

16

0

22

Logan Bearden

22 |

14

Running

42

0

15

0

23

Bret Holmes

32 |

31

Running

42

0

14

0

24

Colby Howard

9 |

27

Running

42

0

13

0

25

Timmy Hill

56 |

29

Running

42

0

12

0

26

Mason Filippi

34 |

30

Running

42

0

11

0

27

Chase Purdy

4 |

21

Running

42

0

10

0

28

Dale Quarterley

46 |

33

Running

42

0

9

0

29

Matt DiBenedetto

25 |

28

Running

41

0

9

0

30

Christian Eckes

19 |

5

Suspension

31

3

17

1

31

Parker Kligerman

75 |

17

Electrical

26

0

12

0

32

Spencer Boyd

12 |

26

Electrical

12

0

5

0

33

Matt Crafton

88 |

34

Accident

11

0

4

0

34

Carson Hocevar

42 |

6

Axle

8

0

3

0

35

Dean Thompson

5 |

22

Accident

4

0

2

0

36

Ed Jones

20 |

23

Suspension

0

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Zane Smith

    POS1

    LEADER

    Zane Smith

    Driver badge number 38 |

  • POS 2 | 5.451

    Kyle Busch

    POS2

    5.451

    Kyle Busch

    Driver badge number 51 |

  • POS 3 | 12.482

    Ty Majeski

    POS3

    12.482

    Ty Majeski

    Driver badge number 98 |

Zane Smith goes back-to-back with Trucks wins at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas — Zane Smith became the first repeat NASCAR winner at the famed Circuit of The Americas road course, the reigning series champion holding off veteran Kyle Busch to claim his second straight victory in Saturday‘s XPEL 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

The 23-year-old Californian‘s No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford led the final 15 laps — a race best 16 of the 42 laps in all — and crossed the finish line 5.451 seconds ahead of the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch. The win makes Smith‘s Front Row Motorsports team a perfect 3-for-3 in Craftsman Truck Series races at COTA. Todd Gilliland won the 2021 inaugural event here.

RELATED: Official results | At-track photos: COTA

Ford driver Ty Majeski, Toyota‘s Tyler Ankrum and last year‘s NASCAR Cup Series COTA winner, Ross Chastain, in a Chevrolet rounded out the top five.

It‘s the second victory of the year for Smith, who won the season-opener at Daytona, too — the same first two victories he earned in his 2022 championship season as well.

“Shout out to Chris Lawson for an amazing strategy,” said Smith, whose Ford F-150 had a small fire under it extinguished after his burnout.

“So cool for [sponsors] Speedco, Peak and all our partners. It was fast when it mattered. I just enjoy coming to all the road courses, especially here. So cool. Just a true testament to this team.”

“Once we got to that eight-to-go point and I was told Kyle [Busch] was in second, my heart rate went up a little bit, just because he‘s so good at managing his stuff when it mattered,” Smith continued. “So, I just tried not to make any mistakes.”

The polesitter Chastain and Busch exchanged the lead for much of the early race — combining to lead 22 laps between them. Smith was able to take the lead after pitting just before the final caution and getting track position. Chastain‘s truck actually fell back to 28th for the final restart and Busch‘s was 17th yet they both rallied to top-five finishes.

But both of the NASCAR Cup Series full-timers wasted no time navigating upward through the field. On just the single restart lap, Busch had moved up 10 spots and ran seventh. He moved into second place with six laps to go, but by that point Smith had already opened up more than a five-second advantage.

“Played the long game and unfortunately the long game didn‘t work, they got lucky and beat us,” Busch said of gambling with a pit strategy that took the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet into the pits two laps — and a caution flag — after Smith made his final stop.

Corey Heim, rookie Nick Sanchez, Tanner Gray, Kaz Grala and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 10. NASCAR has eliminated stage breaks at most road courses for the Truck and Xfinity Series in 2023, but both Christian Eckes — who ultimately finished 30th after mechanical problems — won Stage 1 (his third stage win of the year) and Busch won Stage 2.

The win Saturday was Smith‘s ninth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and puts him in the driver standings lead by two points on ThorSport Racing‘s Majeski heading into the next race, the SpeedyCash.com 250 next Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway (4:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Post-race inspection concluded without issue, confirming Smith and the No. 38 team as the winner of Saturday’s race.