Austin Hill beats Chastain for Las Vegas Truck win

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Hill handed Ross Chastain with 11 of 134 laps remaining and held on for the win in Friday evening’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his second win within the final 4 races.

The win is the third this season for Hill and third of his profession. His first got here within the season opener at Daytona.

“This win means the world to me,” Hill stated. “We had been going to remain out that final warning however all people else pit so we thought we would have liked to pit or we’d be screwed. The race stayed inexperienced and we drove up by way of the sector.

“This truck was unbelievable. My workforce gave me a heck of a bit tonight. We’re two-for-two now with this truck. It’s simply wonderful.”

Requested if he “made a press release” together with his victory, Hill stated: “Oh, for positive we made a press release. Once I noticed (Chastain) in my sights, we had been working near his lap occasions and I began to vary my line just a little bit. 

“We picked up two or three tenths altering my line. We drove by (Chastain) like he was sitting nonetheless and simply saved pulling. I used to be crossing my fingers each lap after we took the lead.”

With the win, Hill locked himself into the subsequent spherical of the playoffs, the place he will likely be joined by Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Tyler Ankrum, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton. 

Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter – who each retired early from the race with engine points – had been eradicated from additional championship competition.

Christian Eckes completed third within the race, Sheldon Creed fourth and Todd Gilliland accomplished the top-five.

With 35 laps remaining, Chastain maintained a small however regular lead over Moffitt as Creed moved as much as third. Eckes was fourth and Ben Rhodes ran fifth.

Chastain was capable of increase his result in greater than 1.four seconds over Hill with 25 laps to go as Eckes moved as much as third. 

With 12 to go, Hill had caught Chastain and the 2 raced side-by-side till Hill lastly cleared him for the highest spot with 11 laps left.

Stage 2 

Chastain held off Hill to say the Stage 2 win as he’s gained 5 of the final eight phases within the Truck sequence.

Moffitt completed third, Rhodes fourth and Brennan Poole rounded out the top-five.

Following the break between Levels 1 and a pair of, all the lead-lap vehicles elected to pit with Hill the primary off pit street and led the way in which on the restart on Lap 37. He was adopted by Harrison Burton and Chastain.

On Lap 39, first Sauter after which ThorSport Racing teammate Crafton each appeared to develop engines points. Crafton stated he thought first Sauter after which himself ran over one thing on the observe.

The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 46 with Hill out entrance adopted by Chastain and Moffitt.

Following a side-by-side battle between Chastain and Hill, Moffitt gave Chastain a push previous Hill and into the lead on Lap 51 as Moffitt moved into second and Hill dropped to 3rd.

With 5 laps remaining within the stage, Chastain held a small lead over Moffitt with Hill in third. One lap later, Hill obtained round Moffitt to retake the second spot.

Stage 1 

Chastain held off Crafton to take the Stage 1 win, his sixth stage victory of the 2019 season.

Hill was third, Sauter fourth and Todd Gilliland ended up fifth.

Eckes began from the pole however Chastain obtained round him to take the lead on Lap four.

On Lap 5, Enfinger’s engine appeared to let go on the frontstretch to carry out the race’s first warning. The workforce later stated he had rear important seal failure on his No. 98 Ford.

“It’s a disgrace our season’s hopes got here right down to high quality management and a spec half that we had nothing to do with,” Enfinger stated. 

When the race restarted on Lap 14, Chastain remained out entrance adopted by Eckes and Crafton.

Hill obtained round Chastain to take the lead on Lap 17 for the primary time within the race. Two laps later, Chastain returned the favor and returned to the highest spot as Hill dropped to 3rd.

 

With 10 laps to go within the stage, Chastain maintained a small lead over Crafton whereas Hill ran in third.

After 25 laps, Chastain nonetheless led Crafton and Hill as Sauter made his manner as much as the fourth place and into the competition for the lead.

Earlier than the race, a number of drivers needed to begin from the rear of the sector, together with Codie Rohrbaugh (engine change), Gus Dean (unapproved changes), Moffitt (tire change) and Justin Johnson (driver change).