Austin Hill dominated the first race of the NASCAR Truck Series’ doubleheader at Kansas. And took his maiden win of the 2020 season.
Earlier, Hill experienced a spur of bad luck and he was never able to finish in the first place despite consistent strong performances.
In the last 10 races, Hill got a ‘Top-10’ finish in nine races. The closest he came to victory was at Pocono and Atlanta, where he finished the races at P2.
In the Kansas race, after Hill won the second stage, he had to struggle around for a few laps to preserve his lead. He was able to overcome the competition and clinched his well-earned victory.
After his win, Hill had a hard time not doing a burnout on the track. The decision was taken to save his truck for the second race of the weekend doubleheader on Saturday. On Sunday, Kansas will hold the second NASCAR Truck Series race.
NASCAR Gander Trucks posted a video of his battle on Twitter. In the video, Crofton’s truck number 88, Hill’s number 16, and 23 can be seen fighting for the lead.
In the race, there was a moment where it looked like Austin had made a mistake. After the final pit stop, Austin came out on the track and hit the brakes hard.
However, as it turns out, it was to go to the outside lane to have a better track advantage later in the race.
After the race, he was talking to the media about his race and the 2020 season. He said, “We’ve been working so hard this season. We’ve been running really consistent.
“We finished fourth last year and I told the guys, ‘Let’s finish three spots better,’ and I’ll be dang if we did it.”
After that, he added, “I didn’t think I’d ever get the checkered flag. I was thinking, ‘If the caution comes out, do I choose the outside or inside lane? How hard do I have to drive it into the corners?’ I’m glad we didn’t have to do a green-white-checkered finish.”