AUSTIN HILL NOTCHES THIRD TOP-10 FINISH OF THE SEASON
Austin Hill made his first trip to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., this weekend. On Thursday night, after a couple of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) practice sessions, the Winston, Ga., native competed in the ARCA race with MDM Motorsports where he finished 10th and followed that up Friday night with a top-10 finish in the NCWTS Overton’s 225.
STAGE 1 RECAP:
- Started Stage 1: P14
- Finished Stage 1: P14
Hill started the 150-lap Overton’s 225 from 14th and was running in 15th fighting loose conditions when the first caution came out on lap 22. Two laps later, he brought his No. 02 Young’s Building Systems Chevrolet down pit road for some adjustments to help with the loose handling Truck and restarted in 16th. During the remaining laps, Hill reclaimed two positions and finished the opening stage in 14th.
STAGE 2 RECAP:
- Started Stage 2: P16
- Finished Stage 2: P12
On lap 38, Hill brought his No. 02 Young’s Building Systems Truck down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, another adjustment and restarted Stage 2 in 16th. The caution came out again on lap 51, Hill then pit on lap 55 for a left rear shock adjustment and restarted 16th with just 13 laps remaining in the second Stage. He climbed up four positions to round out Stage 2 in 12th.
STAGE 3 RECAP:
- Started Stage 3: P13
- Finished Stage 3: P9
The 24-year-old came down on pit road for four more tires, fuel, an adjustment and a tear off. He spent a little extra time on pit road as his stall was blocked on exit, forcing him to back out of his pit stall and restart in 13th for the final stage. When the final caution of the night came out on lap 120, Hill was in 10th and he pit on lap 123 for four more tires and fuel, before restarting in eighth. In the closing laps, Hill slipped back to 10th but regained a position to finish ninth and earn his third top-10 of the 2018 season.