Grant Enfinger steals Atlanta victory in overtime

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In the fourth truck race this season, a truck series championship contender won for the second time this season. It would be Grant Enfinger, who won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. It looked like Austin Hill was going to win comfortably, but Cup Series driver Chase Elliott spun out with three laps to go, forcing a caution. Hill led on the overtime restart, but Enfinger was able to pass Hill in the outside line on the final lap to win the fourth race of his career.

Hill, whose home track is Atlanta Motor Speedway, had never won in Atlanta before and was looking for his first victory of 2020. However, the late caution derailed those hopes as he couldn’t hold off Enfinger in overtime. However, Hill did pick up his first career top-five finish in Atlanta and his second top-five finish of the season.

Going into this race, it looked like Elliott and Kyle Busch were once again going to dominate this race like they did last month at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Elliott defeated Busch to claim the truck series bounty. The race was building up to that again as both had the fastest trucks of the day and were dominating the early stages. This included Busch winning both stages. However, both would make crucial mistakes in the final stage to pave the way for the other drivers to go after the win.

With around 30 laps left, Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road. When he passed through pit road to serve his penalty, he sped again so he had to complete another pass-through. After that, he had a flat tire that stemmed from hitting the wall to avoid Jordan Anderson, who was also running in the high line. Busch would finish 22nd.

Elliott, who grew up 85 miles from the track, has never won in his career at Atlanta and looked to change that today. After hanging around in the top 10 most of the race and gaining on the leaders, he made a crucial mistake late by missing pit road. It dropped him to sixth place. He would go up to third behind Hill and Ross Chastain during the final stretch. However, with three laps to go, he spun out and caused overtime. Elliott finished 21st, finishing ahead of Busch in both of his truck races this season.

Christian Eckes, who was the pole starter, finished third to pick up his first top-10 and top-five finish this season. Chastain, who is a championship contender for the Xfinity series, had a runner-up finish before the caution. However, he had to pit twice during the caution due to a flat tire and finished sixth. Zane Smith finished fifth to become only the third truck driver (Hill and Enfinger) to accumulate two top-five finishes on the season.

The next truck series race will take place next Saturday night in Homestead, Florida for the first of two races there.

Race results: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/06/2020-04ngrots-results.pdf

Driver points: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/06/2020-04ngrots-points.pdf

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