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Austin Hill survives Truck series demolition derby to win at Daytona

Austin Hill celebrates in Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in 2018. Photo: Erick Messer / The Racing Experts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series took on the high banks at Daytona International Speedway in the NextEra Energy 250. When the dust finally settled from the record 11 cautions, it was Austin Hill who claimed his first career victory in NASCAR’s top-three series.

“This truck was fast,” Hill said. “I knew we had a truck that could compete. It got a little scary there at the end.

“I thought [Enfinger] was gonna get me. He had a big run but we were able to protect it. “I can’t believe I got my first win at Daytona. This is surreal.”

Hill survived several multi vehicle crashes and led for 39 of the 111 laps in Friday’s race. The event is the longest NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

Grant Enfinger finished second and Ross Chastain finished third.

Austin Hill leads Grant Enfinger, Ross Chastain, and Spencer Boyd in the closing laps of the NextEra 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Photo: Erick Messer / The Racing Experts

Just nine trucks finished the event out of the 32 trucks who started the event.

Sheldon Creed was victorious in Stage 1 and Johnny Sauter was the victor in Stage 2.

Jordan Anderson took a hard hit into the Turn 4 wall after contact with the No. 2 of Sheldon Creed. Anderson was eventually evaluated and released from the infield care center, where he stated that the crash was probably the hardest of his career.

The series will head North to the Atlanta Motor Speedway next Saturday (Feb. 23) for the Atlanta 200. The race will be televised on FS1 and broadcasted on the Performance Racing Network (PRN).


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Matt Courson is the Managing Editor for The Racing Experts. Courson has covered NASCAR events at 19 of the 23 active racetracks. When not at the track, the 20-year-old Journalism major enjoys spending time with family and playing Ingress.

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