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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Chi Chis/Menards Ford, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Photo by: Matt Sullivan

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Austin Hill Takes The Win At Michigan, Secures Matt Crafton Playoff Spot in NASCAR Truck Series

By: Sarah Agnone

In a nail biting overtime, Hill edged out runner up Sheldon Creed and secured Matt Crafton’s playoff spot in the regular season finale at Michigan International Speedway.

In a nail biting overtime, Austin Hill (#16) edged out runner up Sheldon Creed (#2) and secured Matt Crafton’s playoff spot this past weekend in the regular season finale for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway. Creed chased Hill around the two-mile, five-lap overtime, but came in a marginal .125 seconds behind.

Because this is Hill’s second victory of the season, two-time champion Crafton clinched another shot at a third title in the playoffs.

Hill was overjoyed at his victory after recovering from a last place finish at Eldora Speedway. Hill’s No. 16 Toyota was brand new and after some fine tuning, ran nearly perfect until the finish line.

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Ross Chastain, driver of the #45 Baja/Niece Equipment Chevrolet, takes the green flag to start the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Photo By: Matt Sullivan

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Austin Hill, driver of the #16 Hino/AISIN Group Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Photo By: Quinn Harris

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Chi Chis/Menards Ford, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Photo By: Matt Sullivan

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Christian Eckes, driver of the #51 SiriusXM Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Photo By: Quinn Harris

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 10: Jennifer Jo Cobb, driver of the #10 Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Photo By: Stacy Revere

After a nine car wreck with four laps left, regulation set up overtime to finish the race. The wreck included lap-lead Tyler Ankrum, Matt Crafton, and Todd Gilliand. Both Gilliand and driver Ben Rhodes were narrowly denied playoff spots.

Runners-up in the pack were drivers Tyler Dippel, Brett Moffitt, and Austin Wayne Self. Playoff eligible drivers Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton also finished in the top ten.

Potential title runs will begin today at Bristol Motor Speedway. The drivers in the playoffs are listed below:

  1. Ross Chastain
  2. Austin Hill
  3. Tyler Ankrum
  4. Johnny Sauter
  5. Grant Enfinger
  6. Brett Moffitt
  7. Stewart Friesen
  8. Matt Crafton



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