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Hill Wins, Truck Playoff Field Set


Race Results

Austin Hill won Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway to bookend the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular season with victories.

Hill held off a hard charging Sheldon Creed in overtime to the checkered flag to set the playoff field.

"It’s huge," Hill said. "We have had a struggle these last few races. We just keep having issues and just can’t finish these races. These guys just worked their tails off, day and night, just trying to put these trucks together. This is actually a brand-new truck. First time it had seen the race track was yesterday."

Grant Enfinger, who finished seventh, won the regular season championship.

After the reseed in points, Brett Moffitt leads Enfinger by three points. Stewart Friesen (-8), Hill (-10), Ross Chastain (-10), Matt Crafton (-11), Johnny Sauter (-13) and Tyler Ankrum (-17) round out the playoff field.

"I am ready for it," Hill said about the playoffs starting next week at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Especially what we did today. We are still one of the top teams. We are really fast. We just had to get this monkey off our back."

Reseeded Driver Points

Creed’s finished tied his career best, which he set last week at Eldora Speedway.

Tyler Dippel finished third for his career best in 21 starts.

Moffitt and Austin Wayne Self rounded out the top five.

The overtime finish came after a nine-truck accident on a restart with four laps to go in regulation. Ankrum’s No. 17 Toyota was turned by Matt Crafton’s No. 88 Ford into a pack of trucks coming to the green.

"I think (Ankrum) just spun his tires, to be honest," Crafton said. "That’s from what I saw from my seat."

Pole sitter Chastain led 23 laps and won Stage 1, but exited the race shortly after following contact on pit road during the stage break. The damage came when Sauter was exiting his pit and clipped the No. 9 of Codie Rohrbaugh into Chastain’s truck.

Ben Rhodes was the first to miss the playoffs. He was in contention, and led 15 laps, but had a tire go flat while battling for the lead on Lap 75.

"Having the flat tire late in the race was an unfortunate event," Rhodes said. "As I was passing for the lead the No. 4 (Todd Gilliland) tried to block me and clipped the right front, very gentle, but a brace ended up breaking and cut the tire immediately."