Grant Enfinger wins with last-lap pass at Atlanta

Grant Enfinger wins at Atlanta
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Grant Enfinger stole the victory in Saturday’s Vet Tix Camping World 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, passing race leader Austin Hill on the final lap of a three-lap overtime dash to the finish to post his xx career Truck Series victory and his second of the season.

Enfinger went from sixth to the lead in just two short laps and collected his first Atlanta Motor Speedway victory and the first ever Atlanta truck series victory for Ford. Enfinger had also claimed the season-opening truck series race at Daytona back in February.

"It was definitely wild that's for sure,'' said Enfinger of the finish."We didn't lead too many laps, but we led the ones that counted.''

"We didn't have everything we needed to make a real run at those guys, Chase [Elliott] and Kyle [Busch] there for the long run, but I do think we were decent, but on the short run, I knew if it came right down to it and we could get a good restart we could make it happen. Fortunately we got a good restart.''

Hometown-favorite Austin Hill was cruising toward his first truck series win of the season after taking the lead on lap 100 and pulling away from the field when Chase Elliott spun with two laps to go to bring out the caution flag and set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Hill won the race off pit road under the ensuing caution, followed by Todd Gilliland and Christian Eckes with Enfinger restarting sixth.

Grant Enfinger crosses the stripe for his second truck series win of the season
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On the restart, Enfinger powered up the middle to take over the second spot by around Eckes by the time the field came through turn one, then chased down Hill on the final lap with a high-side pass coming through turn two.

Hill tried to make up the distance over the final two turns, but ended up .215-seconds behind Enfinger at the line.

Despite the runner-up finish, Hill still leaves Atlanta as the points leader, 20 point ahead of rookie Zane Smith

"All day on the restarts, it took our truck about five to seven laps to get going," said Hill. "There at the end, on that white flag lap going into turn one beside the 98 (Grant Enfinger), I drove in there deeper than I had all day. It got on the splitter a little bit and when it did, I just got tight and had to lift a little bit. I'll take the blame on that one for not getting the win.

"Man, I wanted to win here so bad. This is my home track. I've run a lot of races here in the Bandolero and Legend Car Series and won a lot of races here doing that. To get a win here would have been really special, but I guess we have to be the first losers this year."

Pole-sitter Christian Eckes took third, followed by Gilliland and Smith.

Saturday's truck series race takes the green flag in front of empty granstands at Atlanta Motor Speedway
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Kyle Busch was once again the truck to beat early in the race – winning the first and second stages while playing cat and mouse with Elliott and Eckes before the wheels came off with 33 laps to go.

Shortly after getting back up to speed following a green-flag pit stop, Kyle Busch smacked the wall trying to avoid the slowing truck of Jordan Anderson and was forced to pit to repair the damage.

To add insult to injury, Busch was nabbed for speeding on pit road – twice. Busch ended up three laps down at that point, but would rally to finish just one lap down in 22nd.

Busch’s sparring partner over the last two weeks, Georgia-native Chase Elliott, didn’t fare much better. Elliott missed pit road on the last round of green-flag stops and then brought out the yellow flag that set up the overtime finish, and ended the day a lap down on 21st.

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make laps Led Points Status
1 5 98 Grant Enfinger Farm Paint Ford 136 7 50 Running
2 4 16 Austin Hill United Rentals Toyota 136 36 42 Running
3 1 18 Christian Eckes # Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 136 18 47 Running
4 12 38 Todd Gilliland Mannington Commercial Ford 136 0 39 Running
5 7 21 Zane Smith # LaPaz Margarita Mix Chevrolet 136 5 39 Running
6 27 42 Ross Chastain(i) Florida Watermelon Association Chevrolet 136 17 0 Running
7 11 19 Derek Kraus # NAPA AUTOCARE Toyota 136 0 38 Running
8 3 23 Brett Moffitt Superior Essex Chevrolet 136 0 34 Running
9 8 99 Ben Rhodes Tenda Heal Ford 136 0 28 Running
10 17 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Racing to Beat Hunger Toyota 136 0 27 Running
11 21 15 Tanner Gray # Ford/Ford Performance Ford 136 0 26 Running
12 14 88 Matt Crafton Rip It/Menards Ford 136 0 27 Running
13 20 40 Ryan Truex Plan B Sales Chevrolet 136 0 24 Running
14 9 2 Sheldon Creed Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet 136 0 27 Running
15 2 26 Tyler Ankrum Liuna! Chevrolet 136 0 22 Running
16 26 44 Jeb Burton(i) State Water Heaters/Alsco Chevrolet 136 0 0 Running
17 10 13 Johnny Sauter Vivitar/Altec Lansing Ford 136 0 26 Running
18 25 30 Brennan Poole(i) Remember Everyone Deployed Toyota 136 0 0 Running
19 19 4 Raphael Lessard # Mobil 1 Toyota 136 0 21 Running
20 18 45 Ty Majeski # iRacing Chevrolet 135 0 17 Running
21 13 24 Chase Elliott(i) Hooters Chevrolet 135 16 0 Running
22 6 51 Kyle Busch(i) Big Machine Distillery Hand Sanitizer Toyota 135 37 0 Running
23 23 56 Timmy Hill RoofClaim.com Chevrolet 135 0 14 Running
24 24 4 Cory Roper CarQuest Ford 135 0 13 Running
25 29 8 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Fire Alarm Services/Fleetwing Ford 135 0 0 Running
26 34 11 Spencer Davis # Jones Demolition and Abatement Toyota 134 0 11 Running
27 40 68 Clay Greenfield Rackley Roofing Toyota 134 0 10 Running
28 31 20 Spencer Boyd Orion Cooker Chevrolet 134 0 9 Running
29 30 0 Angela Ruch DWF Flooring & Cabinets Toyota 134 0 8 Running
30 33 7 Korbin Forrister Nursing Home Heroes Toyota 134 0 7 Running
31 28 22 Austin Wayne Self GO TEXAN/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet 132 0 6 Running
32 22 2 Tate Fogleman # Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet 132 0 5 Running
33 39 49 Bayley Currey(i) Springrates Automotive Suspension Source 131 0 0 Running
34 16 9 Codie Rohrbaugh Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 130 0 5 Running
35 32 33 Gray Gaulding Toyota 129 0 5 Running
36 35 97 Jesse Little(i) Teletrac Navman Chevrolet 127 0 0 Running
37 38 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Newnan Peachtree Dodge Chevrolet 109 0 5 Too Slow
38 15 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet 95 0 5 Accident
39 36 83 TJ Bell CMI Motorsports Chevrolet 53 0 5 Clutch
40 37 28 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Door and Trim Chevrolet 4 0 5 Accident


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