Justin Haley took advantage of Todd Gilliland’s misfortune on the final lap to win Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway to advance to the Championship 4.
Gilliland ran out of fuel on the backstretch on the final circuit allowing Haley to inherit the top spot and go on to take the checkered flag.
“I thought we had it lost there,” Haley said. “I didn’t quite maximize my pit road. God stuck with me, kept my faith behind me.”
It was Haley’s second win of the playoffs to go along with his Canadian Tire Motorsports Park opener victory. Haley joins Johnny Sauter to race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks.
“Canada and here were two luck wins,” Haley said. “You just can’t give up faith. You bring great trucks to the race track and that’s all you can do.”
Gilliland was a half lap away from his first career win.
“It’s horrible, but there’s nothing we can do,” Gilliland said. “(Crew chief) Marcus (Richmond) made great calls all day. Got us in position to win. That’s all you can do. We were half a lap away.”
“Haley led 33 of the 147 laps to earn his third victory of the 2018 season. Gilliland led a race-high 60 laps.
Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffit, Gilliland and Austin Hill completed the first five finishers.
Harrison Burton, Jesse Little, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton and Noah Gragson rounded out the top 10.
Friesen had the top spot but was penalized for a speeding penalty on his final trip down pit road.
Sauter and Gragson were involved in a multi-truck accident on lap 42. Both were able to recover and continue but their chances to compete for victory were eliminated in the incident.
Haley and Myatt Snider won the first two stages.
Moffitt and Gragson are the two drivers above the cutline in the Playoffs with Grant Enfinger and Crafton on the outside looking in.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to ISM Raceway in Phoenix next Friday night.