Justin Haley takes dramatic maiden Truck win at Gateway


GMS Racing’s Justin Haley led simply seven laps en path to his first ever NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence, surviving a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The victory got here in Haley’s in 37th profession begin, making him the seventh completely different winner this season. Moreover, he now qualifies for the CWTS Playoffs.

“Yeah man, I have been dreaming of this as somewhat child,” he mentioned in Victory Lane. “Each time you begin to doubt your self, you get into conditions like this.

“That is superb. I raced my coronary heart out. That is what I’ve raced for my entire life.

“Its been an unbelievable expertise.”

Stage 1

Grant Enfinger led the sphere from the inexperienced flag from pole place, the second of his profession and first since 2016. He went on to led all 35 laps within the opening stage.

Enfinger took the inexperienced and white checkered flag beneath warning after holding off Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Noah Gragson within the first stint of the race.

The yellow was wanted after Dalton Sargeant and Todd Gilliland made contact racing for place on Lap 30, inflicting Sargeant to chop a tire that ended with him within the exterior wall. 

However the first warning of the race got here a bit earlier when Jordan Anderson slowed on the monitor and needed to be pushed again to the pits.

Gragson adopted Enfinger in second on the finish of the stage with Crafton third and defending race winner John Hunter Nemechek fourth. Justin Haley accomplished the highest 5.

Ending sixth by way of tenth was final week’s winner Brett Moffitt, then Eckes, Jesse Little, Johnny Sauter and Stewart Friesen.

Stage 2

Eckes is likely to be the youngest driver within the subject at simply 17, however he confirmed the poise of a veteran within the second stage at Gateway, popping out of the pits within the lead and pacing the sphere each lap to win the section in simply his second CWTS begin.

Similar to Stage 1, the second stage ended beneath warning after Crafton slowed on the monitor and did not make it again to the pits with a useless battery.

Earlier than the warning, Eckes, driving the No. 46 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, constructed his lead shut to 2 seconds earlier than the warning flag bunched up the sphere.

Sauter completed second with Gilliland, Gragson and Moffitt finishing the highest 5. Nemechek was sixth with Little and Stage 1 winner Enfinger seventh and eighth, respectively. Friesen and Justin Haley rounded out the highest 10.

Stage three

Similar to he did final week at Iowa Speedway, Moffitt was main the sphere within the last stage and was battling Gragson for the highest spot when he and all of the lead-lap vehicles pitted after contact between contenders Friesen and Sauter introduced out the fifth warning of the race.

Through the pit stops, Moffitt’s group had hassle fueling the truck and after having to make an extra pit cease, he fell again to 19th-place for the restart.

Gragson led Nemechek to the inexperienced flag to start out the ultimate stage and cruised away till the sixth warning of the race, which got here when Nemechek droppedfluid on the monitor, gathering Justin Fontaine and Tate Fogleman — each of whom misplaced management after hitting the fluid.

After a prolonged warning interval and purple flg for clear up, Gragson remained out entrance, however there was loads of motion behind him. Moffitt, who battled all the way in which as much as fifth, spun and hit the wall after contact with Ben Rhodes with 28 laps to go.

The primary of two late cautions tightened the sphere up as soon as once more to arrange a seven-lap shootout. Gragson bought shuffled again on the restart with Haley capturing out to the lead earlier than the ninth and last warning of the race arrange a two-lap dash to the end.

Haley bought one other robust restart as Sauter and Moffitt made contact in Flip 1. Moffitt spun and fell again, however the race remained inexperienced. 

Moffitt was capable of fend off each Gilliland and Sauter, who completed second and third, respectively. Myatt Snider was fourth and Zane Smith completed fifth in his debut.

Chad Finley completed a really spectacular sixth with Little seventh and Herbst eighth. Cody Coughlin got here house ninth and Gragson rebounded to tenth.