Ben Rhodes pulls ahead late to win at Darlington

After Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill dominated the top of the field for the majority of the race, Ben Rhodes would pull ahead and claim the win at Darlington Raceway Sunday afternoon after a late caution and solid run off the backstretch in overtime. 

The win is Rhodes’ third career victory in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and his first since July 12, 2018 at Kentucky Speedway. 

While Moffitt would lead the pack at the wave of the green flag, Creed would become the new leader through turn one on lap one. Creed would maintain the outside lane and lead through a Bryant Barnhill caution during the opening laps. 

Creed would clear Moffitt on the lap 11 restart and maintain the lead through the competition caution on lap 20. While the majority of the field would go to pit, Timmy Hill would stay out and lead the field on the lap 25 restart. Moffitt, however, would rocket clear of the entire pack and hold off a surging Austin Hill through the conclusion of stage one. The stage win would be Moffitt’s fifth of the season. 

After a brief side-by-side battle at the beginning of stage two, Creed would clear Moffitt off turn four of lap 52. Creed would continue to hold off Moffitt through the end of stage two. The dominant stage win for Creed would be his first of the day and fifth of the season. 

Moffitt would flip-flop with Creed, begin the final stage as the leader and would maintain the lead until the field would get packed back together on lap 102 after Tyler Ankrum would spin out in turn two. After an additional caution 20 laps later by Tanner Gray and Zane Smith, the field would run accordingly until a caution in the backstretch involving Josh Reaume, David Ragan and Matt Crafton on lap 144 would force overtime. 

After Creed and Hill went to pit road to get tires and fuel, Derek Kraus would lead at the overtime restart but would be swiftly overtaken by Rhodes on the backstretch and Rhodes would hold on for the win. 

Kraus would finish second. The finish is the best of his career in the truck series, his third top-five finish this season and the third of his career. Despite the runner-up finish, Kraus is still 10 points outside the playoff bubble. 

Hill would finish third. The finish gives Hill eight top-five finishes this season, which has surpassed his seven top-five finishes from last season. 

The truck series will cap off its regular season Thursday, Sep. 10 at Richmond Raceway. Coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. 

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