Hill Wins in Las Vegas and Earns a Spot in Next Round of Playoffs

Austin Hill wins in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 25: Austin Hill, driver of the No. 16 Weins Canada Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Hill wins in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Austin Hill rebounded Friday night, using a great final restart to earn the Playoff win in the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hill, who started 11th, reminded his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series competitors there’s a reason he won the regular-season title.

Taking the lead for good on a restart with 39 laps remaining, Hill was jumping out ahead of the night’s most dominant driver Sheldon Creed. Creed led a race-best 89 of the 134 laps, ultimately finishing runner-up by 0.546-seconds.

The Rest of the Best

Tanner Gray finished third, followed by Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith. Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Tyler Ankrum – all Playoff drivers – to round out the top-ten.

“I was probably looking in my mirror more than I was looking out front,” Hill conceded of keeping Creed behind. “I knew he was better than we were and I knew I was going to have to protect.

“We didn’t have the best truck tonight, by no means,” Hill added. “We had to fight a lot of adversity in Stages One and Two. We weren’t good at all and [crew chief] Scott [Zipadelli] and the guys kept working on it and got better and better.

“The pit crew did a hell of a job on that last pit stop getting me in position I needed and I just had to go out there and get it and that’s what we did.”

With 11 laps remaining and Creed trying valiantly to catch Hill, his No. 2 GMS Racing Chevy truck hit the outside wall. In his effort, Creed was dropping to inside a second of catching Hill, but in the process, was falling to more than a second behind. Yet he was turning in an amazing push in the final laps to keep Hill honest.

Hill Wins in Las Vegas

Hill’s win in Las Vegas marks the second victory of the season for the 26-year old Georgia-native Hill and matched his Playoff win at Las Vegas last year. Most importantly, it gives Hill the automatic berth in the next round of the 2020 Playoffs. Entering the Las Vegas race, Hill was ranked eighth of the ten Playoff drivers – the final transfer position after a rare non-top-ten finish (25th) in last week’s Bristol Playoff opener.

Hill’s victory was that much sweeter for his team since his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota truck carried a very special name for NASCAR’s ‘Honor a Cancer Hero’ weekend. Hill’s truck honored ‘Torie Costa’ Zipadelli’s 20-year old daughter, who passed away from cancer in 2015.

Sheldon Creed Finds the Positive with Stage Wins

Taking away some positives from the night, despite Creed’s heart-breaking ending. he swept both stages by winning, besting Brett Moffitt in Stage 1 and Zane Smith in Stage 2 by a dominating four-second advantage. The effort gave Creed seven stage wins on the season – most in the series.

“Just frustrating, the best truck I’ve had all year and best truck I’ve had at this race track,” Creed said, disappointedly explaining his night. “We’re all racing hard. We’re in the playoffs, can’t really complain, that’s racing. Fought hard, back to second.”

The Playoff Contenders

As for the other Playoff eligible drivers, Todd Gilliland finished 14th, Brett Moffitt was 15th and Ben Rhodes – who spun out and brought out one of the race’s five caution periods, was 23rd.

The Playoff standings now show Hill with an automatic berth into the second round. Creed is ranked second, followed by Moffitt, Smith, Ankrum, and Eckes. With his tough night, Rhodes dropped to ninth place – six points behind Eckes with one race remaining to set the eight-driver second-round field. Gilliland is 10th – 19 points behind Eckes.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Point Standings

Action Sports and IndyCar Crossover

Along with the championship intrigue, the race featured a pair of new entrants – action sports star and former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Travis Pastrana and IndyCar driver Conor Daly ran NEICE Motorsports trucks. The idea was taking a fierce iRacing competition between the two into ‘real life.’

This round went to Daly, with a finish of 18th in his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut. Unfortunately for Pastrana he suffered a couple of early race setbacks, going down a lap at one point and was able to rally to a 21st place finish.

Up Next

The next race – and final first round competition – is the Talladega 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Race – 24th Annual World of Westgate 200

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nevada

Friday, September 25, 2020

               1. (11)  Austin Hill (P), Toyota, 134.

               2. (4)  Sheldon Creed (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               3. (12)  Tanner Gray #, Ford, 134.

               4. (17)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 134.

               5. (5)  Chandler Smith, Toyota, 134.

               6. (3)  Grant Enfinger (P), Ford, 134.

               7. (7)  Zane Smith # (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               8. (9)  Christian Eckes # (P), Toyota, 134.

               9. (6)  Matt Crafton (P), Ford, 134.

               10. (2)  Tyler Ankrum (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               11. (13)  Johnny Sauter, Ford, 134.

               12. (23)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 134.

               13. (10)  Todd Gilliland (P), Ford, 134.

               14. (34)  Dylan Lupton, Ford, 134.

               15. (1)  Brett Moffitt (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               16. (18)  Tate Fogleman #, Chevrolet, 134.

               17. (26)  Tyler Hill, Chevrolet, 134.

               18. (27)  Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 133.

               19. (32)  Spencer Davis, Toyota, 133.

               20. (15)  Raphael Lessard #, Toyota, 133.

               21. (29)  Travis Pastrana, Chevrolet, 133.

               22. (21)  Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 133.

               23. (8)  Ben Rhodes (P), Ford, 132.

               24. (25)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 132.

               25. (19)  Danny Bohn, Toyota, 132.

               26. (35)  Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, 131.

               27. (16)  Chase Purdy, Chevrolet, 131.

               28. (24)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 129.

               29. (30)  Josh Reaume, Toyota, 127.

               30. (14)  Derek Kraus #, Toyota, 125.

               31. (31)  Jesse Iwuji, Toyota, 115.

               32. (20)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Track Bar, 85.

               33. (36)  Tim Viens, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 69.

               34. (28)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Oil Tank, 62.

               35. (33)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, Accident, 16.

               36. (22)  Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, Fatigue, 0.

The World of Westgate 200 Stats

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.861 mph.

Time of Race:  One Hr, 40 Mins, 37 Secs. The Margin of Victory:  0.546 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  Five for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  Four among four drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Moffitt (P) 1;S. Creed (P) 2-67;C. Eckes # (P) 68-72;S. Creed (P) 73-95;A. Hill (P) 96-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Sheldon Creed (P) two times for 89 laps; Austin Hill (P) one time for 39 laps; Christian Eckes # (P) one time for five laps; Brett Moffitt (P) one time for one lap.

Stage 1 Top-Ten: 2,23,19,98,21,99,18,15,88,51

Stage 2 Top-Ten: 2,21,23,19,99,13,18,88,16,15

Las Vegas, Memphis NASCAR Weekend Preview with Hot Topics on Fan4Racing Radio

Las Vegas, Memphis  NASCAR Weekend Preview is presented by host Sharon Burton and co-host Jay Husmann. Join us as we rev up NASCAR fans for the upcoming weekend of racing. Then stick around for Hot Topics Sound Off with co-host Andy Laskey and the Fan4Racing crew! 

This episode centers around Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, along with ARCA West at the Las Vegas Bullring. Also the ARCA Menards Series at Memphis International Raceway.  We’ll also give a few updates ARCA East along with pre-race audio from drivers as time permits.

The Agenda

  • First, we preview the ARCA Menards Series at Memphis, the ARCA West at the Las Vegas Bullring, and updates from the ARCA East.
  • Next, we preview the NASCAR Truck race at Las Vegas.
  • Next, our preview continues with the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series at Las Vegas.
  • Then, it’s Hot Topics Sound Off with the Fan4Racing Crew.

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Fresh Faces are Rising to the Top of the NASCAR Cup Standings

Ryan Blaney during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford, climbs into his car during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney was a bit frustrated Sunday having narrowly missed – again – a chance to hoist a winner’s trophy. Only two races into the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season and Blaney has been a major factor in both checkered flags. But there is some solace for the popular and talented competitor. Blaney is the NASCAR Cup Series championship leader entering Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Auto Club Speedway.

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Joey Logano Repeats at Las Vegas and Wins Pennzoil 400

Joey Logano takes the Checkered Flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the defending winner from 2019.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 23: Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford takes the checkered/yellow flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After an exciting start to the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series moves west for a string of races on the pacific coast. Starting with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Pennzoil 400, this is the first test to gauge how competitive these teams and new drivers will be this year. With a big rookie class and some drivers on new teams, the time is now to perform. And Joey Logano did just that with a repeat win at Las Vegas in the Pennzoil 400.

Stage 1

Martin Truex Jr. paced the field to the Pennzoil 400 green flag as a caution immediately came out for Daniel Suarez. Suarez’s car had a mechanical issue and the field reset to restart the race. Joey Logano had a great jump and quickly moved into the lead. Kevin Harvick stayed with Logano and ended up taking the lead on lap 13. Harvick controlled most of the first stage of the race, but it was Chase Elliott with a lot of speed in the long run. Elliott passed Harvick for the lead with 13 laps remaining in the stage and never looked back. Chase Elliott wins the first stage.

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