Austin Hill Opens Up on his Victory and Special Tribute at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 09/27/2020, 8:30 AM EDT
Sep 6, 2020; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt (23) races Sheldon Creed (2) and Austin Hill (16) during the South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The Gander & RV Truck Series race concluded with Austin Hill clinching the win over the likes of Sheldon Creed and Tanner Gray. After he crossed the finish line, he mentioned the race at Bristol, where he finished down in 25th.

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He admitted that he told his team after Bristol, “Must keep our heads up, we’re going to go to Vegas and win it.” Sure enough, he won the race, though he confessed that his was not the best truck on the track.

According to him, he had to really fight for it. Stage 1 and 2 did not work in his favor, but his vehicle behaved better and better as the race progressed. Austin Hill praised the pit crew for executing their strategy to perfection.

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He admitted that it was vital for him to get some clean air and drive a perfect race. Hill also insisted that Sheldon Creed was the far quicker on the track. The #16 driver disclosed that in the latter stages of the race, he was far more focused on his mirrors than he was on the road ahead.

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What else did Austin Hill say?

He said, “I knew that I was going to have to protect, that was the first time I’ve rode the wall all the way around this place. So, it was almost a little intimidating for the first three of four laps. I knew as I disturbed his air, that it would keep him behind me.”

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Sep 6, 2020; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Sheldon Creed (2) and Sheldon Creed (2) race with Zane Smith (21), Austin Hill (16) and Ben Rhodes (99) during the South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hill also thought that when Creed went to the bottom of the track, he would surely pass him. At the end of the day, he acknowledged that it was a fantastic battle between them, and he hoped that the fans enjoyed it.

He even spoke about two names emblazoned on his car, Torie Costa and Cindy Adkins. Apparently, ‘Miss Cindy’ is fighting cancer, while Torie was Crew Chief Scott Zipadelli’s stepdaughter who passed away a few years ago.

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Hill acknowledged that the win would mean a lot to Zipadelli and his family. Even Hill’s own father-in-law is fighting the illness in the hospital, so this win was in his honor as well.

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