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En­fin­ger ral­lies to win truck race at Rich­mond Race­way

- Sports · Richmond · Kansas · Grant Enfinger · Matt Crafton · Brett Moffitt

RICH­MOND, Va, Sept 12, (AP): Grant En­fin­ger bounced back from a tire rub that dropped him well back in the field and ral­lied to win the NASCAR truck race at Rich­mond Race­way on Thurs­day night.

En­fin­ger took the lead with seven laps to go, pass­ing reign­ing cham­pion Matt Crafton for his third vic­tory of the sea­son. Crafton held on for sec­ond and Ben Rhodes fin­ished third.

En­fin­ger matched Shel­don Creed for the most vic­to­ries among se­ries reg­u­lars this sea­son in the last race to de­ter­mine the fi­nal two spots in the play­offs that be­gin next week­end.

Those berths went to Todd Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum, who used a late pit strat­egy call to fin­ish fifth.

Crafton, who ended a 67-race win­less drought in late July at Kansas, only be­came a fac­tor at the end and seemed headed for vic­tory be­fore En­fin­ger caught him in lapped traf­fic. It was an end­ing that fea­tured a largely dif­fer­ent group of driv­ers than those that dom­i­nated.

Af­ter a cau­tion on Lap 174, most of the lead­ers stayed out, and got burned be­cause of it.

Austin Hill, who had clinched the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship ear­lier in the race, was run­ning sec­ond, just be­hind Rhodes, but was passed quickly by David Ra­gan and Brett Mof­fitt, and Mof­fitt kept on surg­ing, grab­bing the lead from Rhodes on Lap 186.


Crafton also joined the fray, climb­ing to sec­ond fol­lowed by Ankrum, who was fight­ing for that play­off berth, and En­fin­ger, who’d gone a lap down af­ter a tire rub ear­lier.

The pa­rade of cars on new tires left those on older tires hop­ing for a cau­tion, and time to do some­thing on them, but it never ma­te­ri­al­ized. The last restart came with 68 laps to go.

Rookie Zane Smith won the first stage, which was dom­i­nated by pole-sit­ter Hill un­til a late cau­tion. Hill and most of the lead­ers stayed on the track when the yel­low flew, but Smith pit­ted and was able to track Hill down be­fore the 70th lap went on the score­board.

 ??  ?? Grant En­fin­ger cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning a NASCAR Truck Se­ries auto race on Sept 10 in Rich­mond, Vir
ginia. (AP)
Grant En­fin­ger cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning a NASCAR Truck Se­ries auto race on Sept 10 in Rich­mond, Vir ginia. (AP)

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