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Bristol Truck race results, driver points

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Sam Mayer scored his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win Thursday night. The 17-year-old finished ahead of GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt.

Mayer is the youngest driver to win a Truck race at Bristol.

Tanner Gray placed third and was followed by Parker Kligerman and Chandler Smith.

Gray’s finished tied a career high. Kligerman’s finish was his best this season.

Trevor Bayne crossed the finish line fifth but his truck was disqualified for failing post-race heights in inspection.

The next race in the playoffs is Sept. 25 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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POINTS

Brett Moffitt leads the points after the opening race in the first round of the playoffs. He leads Sheldon Creed by nine points. Zane Smith trails Moffitt by 12 points.

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Richmond Truck race results, driver points report

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Grant Enfinger scored his third win of the season Thursday. He passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton in the laps to win the first Truck race at Richmond Raceway since 2005. The race was the regular-season finale for the series.

Crafton placed second. Ben Rhodes finished third, giving ThorSport Racing a 1-2-3 finish. Brett Moffitt was fourth. Tyler Ankrum finished fifth.

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POINTS

Austin Hill won the regular-season championship. The playoffs begin Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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PLAYOFF FIELD: Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum.

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Grant Enfinger wins Richmond Truck race

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Grant Enfinger passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton with seven laps left to win the Richmond Truck race Thursday night. The race was the first for the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Richmond Raceway since 2005.

Enfinger overcame fender damage after contact with teammate Ben Rhodes to earn his third win of the season.

“Definitely a special night for us,” Enfinger said on FS1. ”

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Crafton finished second and was followed Rhodes, Brett Moffitt and Tyler Ankrum.

Thursday night’s race was the regular-season finale for the series and set the playoff field. Todd Gilliland and Ankrum secured the final two playoff spots.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Zane Smith

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ben Rhodes

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Codie Rohrbaugh finished sixth. It is his first top 10 season he placed third in the season opener at Daytona. … David Ragan finished seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Johnny Sauter finished 27th, the third consecutive race he finished 27th or worse. He failed to make the playoffs. Stewart Friesen finished 10th but it was not good enough to make the playoffs.

PLAYOFF FIELD: Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum.

NOTABLE: Austin Hill wins the regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that go with it.

NEXT: The Truck playoffs begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway on FS1.

Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick reclaims No. 1 spot

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Kevin Harvick reclaims the No. 1 spot in the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings with his victory in Sunday’s Cup playoff opener at Darlington.

Harvick takes over the No. 1 spot from Denny Hamlin.

Now the series heads to Richmond Raceway for Saturday night’s playoff race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Here is this week’s Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 2): Didn’t have the dominant car at Darlington. Sometimes, though, it’s about being in the right position at the right time. He was to score his eighth victory of the season. Could he be the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win 10 races in a season?

2. Denny Hamlin (Last week No. 1): Appeared headed for a strong finish before he missed pit road and lost time going back around the track for one more lap. A debris caution a few laps later left him stuck outside the top 10. On to Richmond, a track he has three Cup victories.

3. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 3): Aggressive move for the lead against Chase Elliott backfired and put both in the wall. Instead of a victory, Truex finished 22nd. That ended his eight-race streak of finishing fourth or better. Now he looks to Richmond. He swept both Cup races there last year.

4. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 4): Led 114 laps at Darlington (second only to the 196 laps Truex led) but was a victim of incident with Truex late in the race. The last two times at Darlington, Elliott has been wrecked by a Joe Gibbs Racing car while running second.

5. William Byron (Last week No. 4): Fifth-place finish in Southern 500 marked his third consecutive top-five result. He had not finished better than seventh this season until his hot streak, which includes a win at Daytona.

6. Joey Logano (Last week No. 8): Overcame damage on a restart and a right front tire going down to finish third at Darlington. He has seven top-10 finishes in the last eight races.

7. Alex Bowman (Last week No. 6): Rallied from a slow pit stop after a problem with the jack to finish sixth. He scored 12 stage points, giving him 43 points for the race. Only winner Kevin Harvick scored more points in the Southern 500.

8. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 7): Team rallied from early incident to finish 11th at Darlington. Nice recovery after contact with wall dropped him to 31st at one point.

9. Austin Dillon (Last week unranked): Start of the race was nearly a disaster. Team switched left- and right-front tires. The error was caught. Dillon overcame a tire issue early in the race and benefitted from the last caution to finish second at Darlington. He has two top 10s in the last three races.

10. Kyle Busch (Last week unranked): Placed seventh at Darlington. In the last five races that he has been running at the finish, he has placed fifth, fourth, third, 11th and seventh.

Dropped out: Austin Cindric (last week No. 9), Sheldon Creed (last week No. 10)

 

Ben Rhodes wins Truck race at Darlington

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Ben Rhodes took the lead coming to the white flag in overtime and went on to win Sunday’s NASCAR Truck race at Darlington Raceway.

Rhodes snapped a 48-race winless streak.

“That was such a tough win,” Rhodes told FS1.

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Rookie Derek Kraus finished second and was followed by Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger and rookie Christian Eckes.

Sheldon Creed appeared on his way to a third victory in the last five races. That ended when he gave up the lead to pit before the overtime restart and then was penalized for speeding on pit road.

Greg Biffle, making his first series start since his win at Texas last year, finished 19th.

Trevor Bayne, who last raced in NASCAR in 2018, finished 27th in his first Truck series start.

David Ragan, making his first Truck series start since 2006, suffered damage in an incident. Matt Crafton made contact with Josh Reaume and Reaume’s truck hit Ragan’s truck. Ragan finished 22nd.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

NEXT: The series races at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Richmond Raceway on FS1.