Moffitt earns much-needed win in las-lap cross at Chicagoland

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Brett Moffitt scored a powerful Tenting World Truck Sequence win at Chicagoland Speedway Friday evening.

Whereas it appeared John Hunter Nemechek was able to rejoice his second win of the season with lower than a lap to go, his truck went bitter getting into Flip 2, permitting Brett Moffitt to take the lead and win the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Moffitt, who’s crew is in determined want of sponsorship, wasn’t even planning on competing within the occasion till a last-minute sponsorship deal got here collectively on Tuesday. The Iowa native made probably the most of it, choosing up his second win within the final three races and third general this season.

“Man that is nice, we didn’t know if we had been coming (to Chicagoland),” mentioned Moffitt. “To be right here in Victory Lane is an honor and a blessing. These guys work laborious and … we’ll take (a win” any method we are able to get them proper now.”

Moffitt had the lead on the ultimate restart on Lap 126 till Nemechek received round him and managed the race till operating out of gas on the ultimate lap.

Nemechek, who was making an attempt to attain his second win of the season and at Chicagoland was understandably disenchanted together with his end.

“My guys gave me an important truck tonight and we weren’t even three-quarters of a lap away from successful the factor and (ran out of gas) going into Flip 1,” mentioned a dejected Nemechek. “We hauled the mail tonight they usually knew that we had been right here. It’s irritating and disappointing however we’ll transfer on from it.”

Ben Rhodes completed third for his first top-five since Charlotte, whereas factors chief Johnny Sauter rebounded from a foul pit cease to complete fourth and Noah Gragson accomplished the highest 5.

Justin Haley adopted final week’s win coming dwelling sixth whereas Nemechek, Grant Enfinger Austin Hill and Myatt Snider rounded out the highest 10 finishers.

Stage 1

Gragson gained his third pole of the season and led the sector to inexperienced for the beginning of the Overton’s 225 Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

His lead was short-lived as rookie Dalton Sargeant, who began the race on the entrance row as effectively, took the lead on Lap 2 and remained out entrance for the following 26 laps.

The stage was slowed only one time by warning on Lap 22 after Bo Lemastus spun in Flip four. He didn’t make any contact and was capable of proceed. On the following restart, Sargeant spun his tires, which allowed Gragson to maneuver into the lead on Lap 27. 

Gragson led the following seven laps earlier than John Hunter Nemechek made a daring cross on the ultimate lap of the stage to take the win.

Gragson adopted in second with Stewart Friesen third and Sargent fourth. Moffitt was fifth with Rhodes, Sauter, Todd Gilliland, Haley and Cody Coughlin rounding out the highest 10.

Stage 2

Gragson got here out of the pits with the lead on the restart of Stage 2 and remained out entrance your entire strategy to win his sixth stage of the season – greater than another driver.

Brett Moffitt adopted intently in second with Stage 1 winner Nemechek in third. Friesen and Sauter accomplished the highest 5.

Friesen survived contact with Sargeant whereas racing for fifth-place on Lap 65 sending Sargeant spinning popping out of Flip 2. Sargent, who led 25 laps in Stage 1 was capable of proceed after dropping a number of laps within the pits.

Matt Crafton was sixth with final week’s race winner Haley seventh and Gilliland eighth. Coughlin and Enfinger rounded out the highest 10.

Stage three

Nemechek took the lead after the spherical of pit stops and remained out entrance till Moffitt handed him for the highest spot as soon as once more on Lap 89 after a five-lap battle for the lead.

Nemechek was capable of get again previous Moffitt for the lead on Lap 98 and remained out entrance till the ultimate warning flag of the race was wanted when Friesen made contact with Jordan Anderson whereas operating fifth.

This despatched him a 25-lap sprint to the checkered flag the place Moffitt would in the end declare the victory after Nemechek’s misfortune.