After a strong full-time introduction into the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series season, driver Zane Smith will return to his familiar team at GMS Racing for 2021.
“We at GMS are proud of what Zane has been able to accomplish in his rookie season,” said team owner Maury Gallagher. “Zane is an incredible talent with a drive to be the best on and off the track. We look forward to seeing what all he can accomplish in the 2021 season.”
The 21-year-old from California has enjoyed stellar success this season, qualifying for his first Truck Series playoff run with two wins, and ten top-10 finishes.
“I’m just thankful to Maury (Gallagher), Mike Beam, Chevrolet and all of GMS Racing,” Smith said. ” It was one thing to be full-time for such a good race team like GMS, but to get to do it again is a whole other thing. It takes a lot of pressure off myself going into this final round of the playoffs knowing I have a job next year. Now there is a good kind of pressure and that’s winning the championship in my rookie year. I can’t wait to be back full-time next season with the knowledge and experience I have now.”
Excited to be back @GMSRacingLLC next year, I’ve had a lot of fun with this team. Still a lot of work to do this year. https://t.co/MgcQpa0vVq
— Zane Smith (@zanesmith77) October 12, 2020
Team President Mike Beam noted Zane’s growth as a driver while sharing the news of the announcement.
“GMS Racing is excited for Zane to return for the 2021 season,” said Beam. “Zane has done a great job representing GMS and Chevrolet on and off the track and has worked tirelessly to become a contender every race. What he has shown this season is truly amazing and we look forward to watching Zane compete for race wins and championships at GMS Racing.”
Seeded third in the championship standings and only six points behind leader Austin Hill, Smith will look to lock himself into the final round of the Truck Series Playoffs with a win at Kansas.