Drivers react: Truck Vegas playoff race

With a pivotal truck series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the books, it’s time to look at what drivers said following Friday night’s action.

Winner Austin Hill secured his spot into the round of 8 but still emphasized one of the biggest trends in NASCAR for 2020. “Track position was huge today,” said Hill. “When you were back in the pack, it was really hard to pass.”

Even with a second-place finish, Sheldon Creed was disappointed after the race. “Just frustrating honestly,” Creed said. “Just a way faster truck than him [Hill].” Creed was able to work his way to within a second of Hill after falling outside the top five on the final restart but Hill would take Creed’s line away to slow him down. “Probably showed my hand too early running the middle of [turns] three and four,” Creed said.

Tanner Gray scored his second-straight third-place finish and praises the improvements DGR-Crosley has made. “I feel like I’ve been doing a lot better,” Gray said. “Pit stops have been a lot better. Everybody’s starting to gel a little bit more than we were at the beginning of the season.”

While Grant Enfinger finished sixth, he still had a positive outlook after the race.

Christian Eckes acknowledged his driving on the final restart, which resulted in him finishing eighth.

Dylan Lupton made his return to NASCAR for the first time since of November of 2019 and scored a solid 14th-place finish.

IndyCar veteran Conor Daly ran a respectable 18th place but talked about how much fun he had.

Early Saturday morning, Natalie Decker thanked the NASCAR world for continued thoughts and prayers after she was not medically cleared to race Friday night.

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