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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service For Matt Crafton, the victory couldn’t have been sweeter. The 44-year-old reigning NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion held off a determined charge from 19-year-old Christian Eckes and held on to win Saturday’s E.P.T. 200 at Kansas Speedway. In the second leg of NASCAR’s first Truck Series weekend doubleheader, Crafton broke a 67-race drought dating back to his 2017 victory on the Eldora Speedway’s half-mile dirt track. Crafton took the lead moments after a restart on Lap 113 of 134 and heldRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service As the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series leader for seven straight weeks, Austin Hill was all but assured of making the Playoffs. On Friday night he made it official, winning the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Kansas Speedway to pick up his first victory of the season and lock up a Playoff spot. After swapping the top spot with Brett Moffitt following the final restart on Lap 88, Hill grabbed the lead for good on Lap 96 of 134 and heldRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Kyle Busch held off 19-year old rookie Christian Eckes by .777-seconds to earn the victory in the Vankor 250 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. It was master and protégé showing the way with Eckes still scoring a career-best second-place finish in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. The two – running first and second – held a 12-second advantage on the field during much of the final stage of the race. They exchangedRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Sheldon Creed prevailed in a frantic three-wide restart on Lap 52 of Saturday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race and held the spot through the second stage break, earning his first career series victory when lightning and rain showers forced the race to be called official 71 laps into the scheduled 150-lapper. Menacing weather around Kentucky Speedway ultimately caused teams to race the skies as well as each other and Creed’s bold move around Kentucky nativeRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service It almost appeared that Kyle Busch having to start last – and going a lap down – in Saturday night’s Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was akin to the NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series all-time winningest driver giving everyone a head-start. But even that challenge wasn’t enough to keep Busch from victory. He added to his record series win total – extending that mark of excellence to 58 trophies, taking the checkered flag 2.847-seconds ahead of Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, ChaseRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Matt Crafton was well aware of the fact that he could be a winless champion before the green flag even flew for Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And it didn’t bother him one bit that he could be the first champion in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series history to not visit Victory Lane in their run to the title. “That would be great, wouldn’t it?  I would love it,” Crafton said with a smile. “I would sleep just fineRead More

Posted On November 16, 2019By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, Trucks

Austin Hill Takes Homestead-Miami Victory

By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Austin Hill bookended his 2019 season with a victory in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway – finishing a comfortable 1.569-seconds ahead of veteran Matt Crafton, whose runner-up effort was enough to earn him his third NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship. Hill won all three stages in the race and led a race best 56 laps to give the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota its second consecutive Homestead win. Last year Brett Moffitt drove theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be the first title fight of the weekend to be settled, as the four remaining drivers in the Playoffs will duke it out Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the right to hoist the championship trophy when the checkered flag falls. Eight drivers started the Playoffs with a berth in the championship race in mind, but half of them fell by the wayside, leaving Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt as theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The pairing of Front Row Motorsports and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Matt Tifft has ended as the team announced Wednesday they’ve mutually agreed to part ways as Tifft will be focusing on his health. The 23-year-old Hinckley, Ohio native issued a statement regarding the decision of leaving FRM: “I’ve made the decision to focus on my health and there is no rush or timetable to get back behind the wheel. Because of that, I can’t commit to racing full-time in 2020. I can’t sayRead More