Even though he finished in the top five, Kyle Busch believes his team had a better car than the one that finished in fifth place. Joe Gibbs Racing put three cars in the top five but none of them could challenge Jimmie Johnson in the final laps.
Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second win of 2020.
He beat Sheldon Creed for the victory.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly finished 18th and Travis Pastrana was 21st.
Check back for the point standings.
Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the final 39 laps to score the victory.
Hill took the lead on a restart and held off charges from Sheldon Creed over the final 20 laps.
Creed’s progress was slowed with 11 laps to go when he got loose and scraped the wall in Turn 1. He was never able to get close enough to Hill to make a challenge.
Creed dominated the early portion of the race, leading 89 laps before he struggled to get going on the final restart and briefly fell to seventh.
The win is the second of the year for Hill. He’s the first playoff driver to win in the postseason and it come after he finished 25th at Bristol.
“We didn’t have the best truck tonight by no means,” Hill told FS1. “Pit crew did a hell of job on that last pit stop getting me into the position I needed to. I just had to go out there and get it. … Sheldon was definitely way faster than me. … I was probably looking in my mirror more than I was our front. I knew he was better than we were.”
STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed
STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith all matched their best results of the season … While he was the first driver to finish one lap down, IndyCar driver Conor Daly placed 18th in his first career Truck Series start … Travis Pastrana placed 21st in his second start of the season.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Rachael Lessard finished 20th after he had to pit early in the race following contact with the wall … Ben Rhodes finished 23rd after he spun from contact with Stewart Friesen and hit the inside wall on Lap 84 … Jordan Anderson’s engine expired on the ensuing restart. He finished 32nd.
NOTABLE: Natalie Decker, who was not medically cleared to compete Friday night, was treated and released from the infield care center.
WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Talladega Superspeedway, 1 p.m. ET Oct. 3 on FS1
No details were provided about the issue that prevented Decker from being cleared. During the final stage of the race, NASCAR announced she had been treated and released from the infield medical center.
The Niece Motorsports driver would have started 23rd. Due to her No. 44 truck having cleared inspection and having been placed on the starting grid she was credited with a last-place finish.
Decker has made 11 starts this year. She missed the June 28 race at Pocono after she was hospitalized due to bile duct complications related to her gallbladder removal in December.
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But that’s not stopping him.
Points entering Xfinity playoffs
2,050 – Chase Briscoe
2,050 – Austin Cindric
2,033 – Justin Allgaier
2,025 – Noah Gragson
2,020 – Brandon Jones
2,018 – Justin Haley
2,014 – Harrison Burton
2,010 – Ross Chastain
2,002 – Ryan Sieg
2,002 – Michael Annett
2,001 – Riley Herbst
2,000 – Brandon Brown
First Round races
Sept. 26 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
Oct. 3 – Talladega Superspeedway (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
Oct. 10 – Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC)