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Zane Smith Driving for Ware at Martinsville

According to NASCAR’s entry list on its app and on NASCAR.com, Zane Smith will pilot Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 for this week’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Neither RWR nor Smith has commented yet on the addition.

Smith replaces Cody Ware, who was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after being arrested on April 10 for assault.

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The 23-year-old Smith has made three Cup starts in his career, including two this season. All of them have come with Front Row Motorsports.

He’s the defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion and is running the full season for FRM there again, with two wins so far in 2023.

The Cup race at Martinsville is set for April 16 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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