Zane Smith 2024 NASCAR landing spots: No. 2 – Trackhouse/Spire deal
While Trackhouse Racing Team may not have room for Zane Smith, that is not to say that they could not put together a deal with another organization to sign him and loan him out, and Spire Motorsports may be that team.
With Ty Dillon unlikely to return for another year behind the wheel of the No. 77 Chevrolet after a disappointing 2023 campaign, that seat could very well open up.
And amid rumblings of Live Fast Motorsports selling their charter, it’s entirely possible that Spire Motorsports could take on Smith (via Trackhouse Racing Team) while also making the long-rumored addition of Carson Hocevar to join the recently extended Corey LaJoie.
Smith does have Cup Series experience, having competed in select races for Front Row Motorsports throughout the 2023 season, and he has also spent a considerable amount of time as a part-time Xfinity Series driver. He even made a start for Kaulig Racing in 2021.
So it’s hard to argue that the 2022 Truck Series champion would be “rushing” if he took a full-time Cup ride, especially after his success in the Truck Series over the last four years.
A move back from Ford to Chevrolet, the manufacturer for which he competed in the Truck Series with GMS Racing in 2020 and 2021, could complicate matters for Smith, but if it weren’t possible, he probably never would have been granted permission by Front Row Motorsports to seek out other rides to begin with.