Austin Hill punched his ticket to the Round of 8 as he won the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his second win of the season.
Stakes were high Friday night at Las Vegas as 10 playoff drivers looked to solidify their positioning for the Round of 8 with Talladega looming.
Prior to the start of the race, Natalie Decker was removed after not being medically cleared. Due to her truck being on the grid, she was credited with a last-place finish.
GMS Racing dominated the opening stage. Brett Moffitt was able to lead one lap as the pole sitter until his teammate Sheldon Creed would lead the remaining laps in stage one to score his sixth stage win of 2020. Tyler Ankrum and Todd Gilliland were the playoff drivers to miss out on vital points.
Stage two would be another dominant run for GMS as they finished 1-2-3. Creed swept the stages, while Zane Smith and Moffitt came in second and third respectively. Grant Enfinger failed to earn stage points. Ankrum and Gilliland failed to earn stage points in both stages.
On the start of the final stage, Christian Eckes took the lead from Creed but Creed would regain it five laps later.
Ben Rhodes, who dealt with oil line issues all evening long, spun out on lap 83 and hit the inside retaining wall. He came into the race only six points above the cutline for the round of 8.
After a scramble on a lap 96 restart, Austin Hill would take the lead while Creed fell out of the top five.
As the laps began to wind down, Creed would work his way back to second and gain on Hill. Creed fought hard on the outside to get a run on Hill but Hill would play defense and take away the lane. Creed hit the wall late but it would still pull within half-a-second. However, it wasn’t enough as Hill held on to win.
Hill and Creed would be the only playoff drivers to finish inside the top five.
Enfinger, Smith, Eckes, Crafton and Ankrum rounded out the top 10.
Gilliland (13th), Moffitt (15th) and Rhodes (23rd) all finished outside the top 10.
Due to their performances, Rhodes (-6) and Gilliland (-19) would fall below the cutline.
The Round of 10 wraps up next Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.