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RESULTS

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PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Austin Hill

16 |

1

Running

61

35

50

6

2

John H. Nemechek

4 |

6

Running

61

2

44

0

3

Sheldon Creed

2 |

19

Running

61

0

49

0

4

Todd Gilliland

38 |

2

Running

61

18

46

1

5

Parker Kligerman

75 |

38

Running

61

0

32

0

6

Zane Smith

21 |

8

Running

61

4

38

0

7

Tyler Ankrum

26 |

10

Running

61

0

35

0

8

Paul Menard

66 |

39

Running

61

0

33

0

9

Sam Mayer

32 |

40

Running

61

0

0

0

10

Carson Hocevar

42 |

9

Running

61

1

31

0

11

Josh Berry

25 |

21

Running

61

0

0

0

12

Kaz Grala

02 |

23

Running

61

0

25

0

13

Christian Eckes

98 |

15

Running

61

0

24

0

14

Tanner Gray

15 |

22

Running

61

0

23

0

15

Ben Rhodes

99 |

5

Running

61

0

26

0

16

Austin Wayne Self

22 |

20

Running

61

0

27

0

17

Ryan Truex

40 |

12

Running

61

0

21

0

18

Corey Heim

51 |

16

Running

61

0

19

0

19

Hailie Deegan

1 |

18

Running

61

0

18

0

20

Stewart Friesen

52 |

17

Running

61

0

20

0

21

Derek Kraus

19 |

7

Running

61

0

24

0

22

Matt Crafton

88 |

4

Running

61

0

15

0

23

Johnny Sauter

13 |

14

Running

61

0

14

0

24

Timmy Hill

56 |

36

Running

61

0

13

0

25

Jack Wood

24 |

27

Running

61

1

12

0

26

Tate Fogleman

12 |

13

Running

61

0

11

0

27

AJ Allmendinger

23 |

25

Running

61

0

0

0

28

Danny Bohn

30 |

11

Running

61

0

9

0

29

Bobby Reuse

3 |

35

Running

61

0

8

0

30

Roger Reuse

49 |

37

Running

60

0

7

0

31

Josh Reaume

33 |

33

Running

60

0

6

0

32

Lawless Alan

34 |

24

Running

60

0

5

0

33

Spencer Boyd

20 |

34

Running

59

0

4

0

34

Chad Chastain

45 |

31

Running

58

0

3

0

35

Taylor Gray

17 |

32

Running

53

0

2

0

36

Jennifer Jo Cobb

10 |

28

Running

45

0

1

0

37

Norm Benning

6 |

26

Too Slow

40

0

1

0

38

Grant Enfinger

9 |

30

Transmission

8

0

1

0

39

Will Rodgers

41 |

29

Transmission

6

0

0

0

40

Chandler Smith

18 |

3

Running

61

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Austin Hill

    #1

    LEADER

    Austin Hill

    16|

  • #2 | 1.023

    John Hunter Nemechek

    #2

    1.023

    John Hunter Nemechek

    4|

  • #3 | 2.324

    Sheldon Creed

    #3

    2.324

    Sheldon Creed

    2|

Austin Hill wins shortened Trucks regular-season finale at Watkins Glen

Race leader Austin Hill was declared the winner of Saturday‘s United Rentals 176 at the famed Watkins Glen International road course after lightning in the immediate area forced the field to stop on pit road 11 laps from the scheduled race finish.

Hill had taken a 1.023-second lead over John Hunter Nemechek before the trucks headed to pit road where they waited under red-flag conditions for nearly an hour before the race was officially called.

The race marked the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season finale, officially setting the 10-driver 2021 playoff field. And while there were no impactful moves in the standings as far as playoff eligibility, it certainly wasn‘t for a lack of trying in the Truck Series’ first race at the 2.45-mile vintage road course in 21 years.

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Hill, who had previously only led two laps in his career on road courses, led a race-best 36 of the 61 laps in the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota to take his second win of the season — and second straight after claiming the trophy in the previous race, July 9 on the Knoxville Raceway dirt track in Iowa. 

“It was nerve-wracking that‘s for sure, I didn‘t know if we were going to go back to green or not,” said Hill, 27, of Winston, Georgia. “It feels so good to win on a road course.

“I was really biting my nails a little bit when that rain came, I didn‘t know what was going to happen with the lightning and all that. But they gave me a really great piece today and we were able to go out there and get it done. It‘s really special to get a win at Watkins Glen.”

Nemechek‘s runner-up effort was his series-best ninth top five. His five wins in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota are most in the series this season and a personal-high mark for the 23-year-old second-generation star who also receives a 15-point bonus for winning the regular-season title.

The victory was especially big for Hill, moving him into second place in the standings, 28 points behind Nemechek to start the playoff run. Another two-race winner Ben Rhodes, who finished 15th Saturday, is ranked third.

The remainder of the 10-driver playoff field includes Todd Gilliland, 2020 series champion Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, three-time series champion Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen as well as first-time playoff contenders rookies Carson Hocevar and Chandler Smith.

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Derek Kraus, the popular 19-year-old Wisconsin driver, was officially eliminated from playoff contention after spinning out with 19 laps remaining. Kraus had run in the top five early in the race, placing third in Stage 1. He started the race ranked 11th – 40 points from the playoff cutline. But he and Tyler Ankrum, who started the race 12th in points, essentially needed a victory to secure that playoff position. Ankrum finished seventh.

In many ways, Saturday‘s race was a playoff preview. Gilliland won Stage 1 and Hill took the Stage 2 victory, both fending off runs by fellow championship-eligible drivers. Creed, who boasts the series all-time best average finish (3.0) on road courses, finished third. Gilliland was fourth, and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top five — his first top-five showing of the season.

The first three-race round of the 2021 playoffs begins Aug. 20 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Gateway 200 (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at World Wide Technology Park at Gateway. The next two races of the round are are at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 5 and then Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 16.

Note: Inspection confirmed Hill’s No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota as the race winner. Chandler Smith’s 18th-place finish in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota was disqualified as his vehicle failed post-race heights. The infraction doesn’t impact Smith’s spot in the playoffs.

Contributing: Staff report