Zane Smith Earns Top-Five Finish with JR Motorsports at Iowa

Zane Smith has five starts so far with JR Motorsports in 2019 and has earned one top-ten at Dover (ninth) and one top-five at Iowa (fifth). Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

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Heading into his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series start with JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, Zane Smith had confidence and momentum on his side. Including the last time Smith was behind the wheel of the No. 8 at Dover International Speedway on May 4th, the team has three out of four finishes inside the top-ten. Along with Smith’s ninth-place finish at Dover, Ryan Preece earned a top-five at Pocono with a fourth-place finish, and John Hunter Nemechek earned an eighth-place finish at Michigan.

“The No. 8 team has had a lot of momentum on their side from the past few weeks, and I’m very grateful to be able to contribute to that,” said Smith in his preview of the 250 at Iowa Speedway. “I have some experience at Iowa Speedway from racing in the ARCA Menards Series, and we ran Richmond earlier this season with really good results. So I know we are capable of getting to the front on Sunday.”

In Smith’s most recent Xfinity Series start for JR Motorsports at Dover, he started sixth before finishing ninth. In five starts for the team this season, Smith now has two top-ten finishes – finishing sixth at Richmond – and one top-five. At Iowa Speedway Smith has two starts at the 0.875-mile oval in the ARCA Menards Series, with his highest finish of fourth coming in 2018.

Taking to twitter after his fifth-place finish in the 250 at Iowa Smith was happy with the results.

The No. 8 JR Motorsports team will have two weeks to enjoy their momentum heading into their next Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, June 29th with coverage on NBC Sports Network.