Austin Hill beats Chastain for Las Vegas Truck win

Jim Utter
Motorsport

Hill passed Ross Chastain with 11 of 134 laps remaining and held on for the win in Friday night’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his second win in the last four races.

The win is the third this season for Hill and third of his career. His first came in the season opener at Daytona.

“This win means the world to me,” Hill said. “We were going to stay out that last caution but everybody else pit so we thought we needed to pit or we’d be screwed. The race stayed green and we drove up through the field.

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“This truck was unbelievable. My team gave me a heck of a piece tonight. We’re two-for-two now with this truck. It’s just amazing.”

Asked if he “made a statement” with his victory, Hill said: “Oh, for sure we made a statement. When I saw (Chastain) in my sights, we were running close to his lap times and I started to change my line a little bit. 

“We picked up two or three tenths changing my line. We drove by (Chastain) like he was sitting still and just kept pulling. I was crossing my fingers every lap after we took the lead.”

With the win, Hill locked himself into the next round of the playoffs, where he will be joined by Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Tyler Ankrum, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton

Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter – who both retired early from the race with engine issues – were eliminated from further championship contention.

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

With 35 laps remaining, Chastain maintained a small but steady lead over Moffitt as Creed moved up to third. Eckes was fourth and Ben Rhodes ran fifth.

Chastain was able to expand his lead to more than 1.4 seconds over Hill with 25 laps to go as Eckes moved up to third. 

With 12 to go, Hill had caught Chastain and the two raced side-by-side until Hill finally cleared him for the top spot with 11 laps left.

Stage 2 

Chastain held off Hill to claim the Stage 2 win as he’s won five of the last eight stages in the Truck series.

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

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap trucks elected to pit with Hill the first off pit road and led the way on the restart on Lap 37. He was followed by Harrison Burton and Chastain.

On Lap 39, first Sauter and then ThorSport Racing teammate Crafton both appeared to develop engines issues. Crafton said he thought first Sauter and then himself ran over something on the track.

The race returned to green on Lap 46 with Hill out front followed by Chastain and Moffitt.

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

With five laps remaining in the stage, Chastain held a small lead over Moffitt with Hill in third. One lap later, Hill got around 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 started from the pole but Chastain got around him to take the lead on Lap 4.

On Lap 5, Enfinger’s engine appeared to let go on the frontstretch to bring out the race’s first caution. The team later said he had rear main seal failure on his No. 98 Ford.

“It’s a shame our season’s hopes came down to quality control and a spec part that we had nothing to do with,” Enfinger said. 

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

Hill got around Chastain to take the lead on Lap 17 for the first time in the race. Two laps later, Chastain returned the favor and returned to the top spot as Hill dropped to third.

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

After 25 laps, Chastain still led Crafton and Hill as Sauter made his way up to the fourth position and into the contention for the lead.

Before the race, several drivers had to start from the rear of the field, including Codie Rohrbaugh (engine change), Gus Dean (unapproved adjustments), Moffitt (tire change) and Justin Johnson (driver change).

1

16

United States
United States

 Austin Hill 

Toyota

134

 

29

2

45

United States
United States

 Ross Chastain 

Chevrolet

134

2.116

88

3

51

United States
United States

 Christian Eckes 

Toyota

134

4.536

4

4

2

United States
United States

 Sheldon Creed 

Chevrolet

134

9.503

 

5

4

United States
United States

 Todd Gilliland 

Toyota

134

10.083

 

6

30

United States
United States

 Brennan Poole 

Toyota

134

13.732

 

7

24

United States
United States

 Brett Moffitt 

Chevrolet

134

16.771

12

8

99

United States
United States

 Ben Rhodes 

Ford

134

18.342

 

9

18

United States
United States

 Harrison Burton 

Toyota

134

18.822

 

10

5

United States
United States

 Dylan Lupton 

Toyota

134

19.503

 

11

17

United States
United States

 Tyler Ankrum 

Toyota

134

22.252

 

12

15

Anthony Alfredo 

Toyota

134

24.254

 

13

87

Anthony Mrakovich 

Chevrolet

134

29.664

 

14

3

United States
United States

 Jordan Anderson 

Chevrolet

134

31.448

 

15

12

United States
United States

 Gus Dean 

Chevrolet

133

1 lap

 

16

9

Codie Rohrbaugh 

Chevrolet

133

1 lap

 

17

22

United States
United States

 Austin Wayne Self 

Chevrolet

133

1 lap

 

18

11

United States
United States

 Spencer Davis 

Toyota

133

1 lap

 

19

52

United States
United States

 Stewart Friesen 

Chevrolet

132

2 laps

 

20

20

United States
United States

 Spencer Boyd 

Chevrolet

132

2 laps

1

21

38

Colin Garrett 

Chevrolet

131

3 laps

 

22

44

United States
United States

 Angela Ruch 

Chevrolet

131

3 laps

 

23

34

United States
United States

 Jesse Iwuji 

Chevrolet

127

7 laps

 

24

10

United States
United States

 Jennifer Jo Cobb 

Chevrolet

90

44 laps

 

25

54

United States
United States

 Natalie Decker 

Toyota

87

47 laps

 

26

02

United States
United States

 Tyler Dippel 

Chevrolet

80

54 laps

 

27

19

United States
United States

 Derek Kraus 

Toyota

77

57 laps

 

28

33

Mason Massey 

Chevrolet

63

71 laps

 

29

13

United States
United States

 Johnny Sauter 

Ford

45

89 laps

 

30

88

United States
United States

 Matt Crafton 

Ford

39

95 laps

 

31

98

United States
United States

 Grant Enfinger 

Ford

6

128 laps

 

32

8

United States
United States

 John Hunter Nemechek 

Chevrolet

0

134 laps

 

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