Saturday, November 25, 2023

Video: Zane Smith’s No. 38 Truck Bursts into Flames After Victory Burnout

Zane Smith fire COTA 2023 victory celebration burn out
After performing his post-victory burnout following a win at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, Zane Smith’s No. 38 Front Row Motorsports truck burst into flames.

Well, here’s a different one… After scoring the victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series XPEL 225 at Circuit of the Americas, Zane Smith saw his No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford F-150 burst into flames after his post-race burnout celebration.

It was a burnout, alright.

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Here is a video of the wild moment following the race, where Smith’s No. 38 machine erupted:

And here is a look at how the scene unfolded from the stands at Circuit of the Americas from Robert Schloemer:

The No. 38 truck, like all NASCAR race vehicles this weekend, is equipped with flaps behind the rear wheels to reduce trailing spray behind the cars in the event of rain. The flaps seemingly caught scorched pieces of tire rubber from the burnout, which led to the fire igniting.

The 23-year-old racer said the only thing he did wrong all race long was catch fire after the race.

“Besides catching on fire in victory lane — that’s a first for me,” Smith joked when asked what he could have done for an even more perfect race. “Man, that’s a bummer right there.”

“Like I said, that was probably the most hectic victory lane celebration I’ve ever had,” Smith quipped.

Smith led a race-high 16 laps and was handed the lead late in the event when Kyle Busch got caught in a bad pit strategy.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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