Concord, NC (July 6, 2017) – After a week break in the schedule, driver Zane Smith and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return to action for the ‘Fans with Benefits 150’ Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
Coming off a career best-second place finish at Madison Int’l Speedway in his last series outing, the 18-year old Huntington Beach, CA native is anxious to get back to business and build on his recent momentum.
Celebrating the mid-week holiday with family and friends at his North Carolina home, Smith would like nothing more than to continue the celebration with his first series victory in Iowa Speedway’s victory lane.
“Parking it in victory lane would be a great way to cap off the week,” said Smith. “We’re coming off a really solid finish at Madison and have a ton of momentum going right now.”
This will be Smith’s first trip to Iowa Speedway’s 7/8 mile ultra-fast short track.
“Iowa is one of those places which races like an intermediate. It’s fast with multiple grooves. Everything I’ve seen so far is awesome.”
“I’ve spent a lot of time preparing both mentally and physically. My teammate Noah Gragson has given me great insight on what to expect and helped me prepare. The Iowa heat can get really intense this time of year so I’m expecting track conditions to change a ton between practice and the race.”
“Staying focused and adapting to the conditions will be vital keys to success. I’m excited and ready to go – the fifty-five team led by my crew chief Billy Venturini put together a great car for the weekend – I’m expecting another fast Toyota this weekend in Iowa.”
Smith currently occupies the seventh spot in the ARCA driver point standings. In seven series attempts the California kid has notched three top-5 and six top-10 finishes.
ARCA Iowa Schedule/Media
Practice for the Fans with Benefits 150 is from 11:30 – 1 p.m. Saturday with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 3:15. The Fans with Benefits 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 8:18. Follow Live Timing, Scoring and Chat at arcaracing.com.
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