Austin Hill celebrates at Michigan International Speedway after winning the Corrigan Oil 200 in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
Normally tracks like Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway have “the big one” – a wreck that takes a number of top contenders out of the race.
Saturday it happened in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in the Corrigan Oil 200.
Austin Hill was fortunate to avoid the mess at the top of the superspeedway and come home with his second win of the season.
Hill edged Sheldon Creed for the win – five laps into overtime.
The big wreck occurred on lap 96 (of 100) as leader Tyler Ankrum was turned sideways at the top of the track. He was leading at the time and collected a mess behind him.
Hill – on the bottom – was able to avoid the mess and cruise to victory.
After a few laps to clean up the wreck that claimed at least half a dozen cars, the race started with a green-white-checker format.
After the white flag was thrown, the race would have to end on lap 105.
Hill took off and held of a pack of cars at the end.
“Fortunately, the cars behind me were racing hard,” Hill said after the race. “That gave me a chance to get away.”
He led by as many as six car-lengths until the end of the race. Hill finished the race with 26 laps led.
Tyler Dippel finished third; Brett Moffit placed fourth, and Austin Wayne Self was fifth in the contest.
The race marked the end of the regular season with the playoffs starting Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Grant Enfinger finished as the points leader during the regular season.
The points for playoff cars was not official as of Saturday afternoon.
Racing continues at MIS Sunday with the Monster Energy Consumers Energy 400 beginning at 3 p.m. The race will be broadcast on FOX and tickets are still available at MISpeedway.com.