One hour and 17 minutes — tonight’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway was a short but messy race with Goodyear Tire issues. As the playoffs began, it was a non-playoff driver who came to victory lane, 17-year old Sam Mayer. Mayer passed Moffitt in the final stage to pick up his first career victory.
Moffitt, last year’s winner at Bristol, had a blazing start, passing Enfinger to hold the early lead. On lap four, Austin Hill contacted Stewart Friesen, slammed into the wall and damaging his rear. Debris from Hill’s car was loose on the track four laps later, brining out the first caution flag.
On the restart, Friesen sped on pit road, causing a penalty followed by engine problems caused him to fall four laps down. Tyler Ankrum moved up to second place toward the end of stage one. Moffitt held the lead to win stage one, his sixth stage win of the season.
To begin stage two, Ankrum took the lead over Sheldon Creed. Ankrum held the lead when the caution came out for Danny Bohn’s wreck. Creed decided to pit but sped on pit road, dropping them back toward the pack. He held the lead to win stage two, his first stage win of 2020.
Johnny Sauter sped on pit road, dropping him to the rear. Moffitt and Zane Smith started on the front row on the restart with Moffitt taking the lead. Austin Wayne Self collided with Hill, bringing out the caution with 44 laps to go.
On the restart, Mayer took the lead over Moffitt, who reported tightness in his car during the last caution. Mayer took control, winning the race. This is his first career truck series victory and is the second-youngest winner ever in this series. He is racing in the ARCA Menards Series later Thursday evening.
Moffit finished second, his eighth top-five finish of the season. Enfinger and Ankrum finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Due to pit strategies failing with the short, race, Matt Crafton, Creed, Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland finished 11th-15th place respectively. Creed pitting in stage two cost him valuable track position. Smith finished 17th.
Hill, the regular season champion, suffered multiple collisions, dropping him into the bottom 20 as he finished 26th. Hill is only two points ahead of Eckes at the cutline for the round of 8. The NASCAR Ganders & RV Trucks Series heads to Las Vegas for the World of Westgate 200 next Friday.