KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Zane Smith is wondering how he’s going to deal with his loose race car in tonight’s race.
In the meantime, the Huntington Beach, Calif. rookie was fastest in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice Friday at Kansas Speedway.
“It’s pretty damn loose,” said Smith, the driver of the No. 41 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota for MDM Motorsports.
“We slowly progressed and got it better, but we’re really loose. It was really hooked up in the mock run.”
The mock run, designed to go fast for qualifying, does not necessarily mean going fast in the long runs during the race. Smith circled the 1.5-mile intermediate superspeedway in 30.329 seconds, an average speed of 178.047 mph.
“Yeah I don’t know. This is my first time at Kansas…I don’t really have anything to compare it to. Tracks often get tighter at night, but I hear this one actually gets looser, so I’m really not sure. I feel pretty good…feel like everyone’s loose…we’re just not as loose as our competition. At least it’s not as free as Kentucky.”
Smith was so loose at Kentucky that he slid up the track early on and bounced off the wall. But he regained his composure and rebounded to finish second, passing his MDM teammate Sheldon Creed on the last lap.
Smith has finished second in three ARCA races this year, but still looking for that first win. In only two starts with MDM, Smith finished second at Salem and Kentucky.
“You don’t have to tell me we haven’t won yet. Maybe this is the night we finally put it all together. It’s frustrating but I know this team is more than capable of winning no matter where it is.”
MDM has four wins this season with four different drivers: Justin Haley at Talladega, Harrison Burton at Toledo, Brandon Jones at Michigan and Kyle Benjamin at Winchester.
“I think we’re going to race pretty bad-ass tonight. I didn’t get around too many cars but when we did it wasn’t bad at all in dirty air. I think you’re going to see a lot of side-by-side tonight. Some cars are better on the bottom and some are better further up. I’m able to move around…I’m pretty happy with what we have.”
Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…