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Austin Hill Rises to the Occasion, Bests Matt Crafton For Stage 1 Win at Dover

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 11: Austin Hill, driver of the #16 AISIN Group Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It has been an incredible 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season for Hattori Racing Enterprises and their driver Austin Hill. Hill, has finished top-10 in nearly every race this season en route to being the point leader.

Friday, he kept the momentum going by getting around Matt Crafton for the lead on lap 27. Hill would cruise to the Stage 1 win in the KDI Office Technology 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Crafton held on to finish runner-up, while GMS Racing teammates Tyler Ankrum, Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt made up positions three thru five.

Sheldon Creed, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, Raphael Lessard and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-10.

It was a very clean Stage 1, the only stoppage for an incident came on lap six when Tate Fogleman spun in his No. 02 truck, but did not hit anything.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Austin Hill 10 1
2 Matt Crafton 9 0
3 Tyler Ankrum 8 0
4 Zane Smith 7 0
5 Brett Moffitt 6 0
6 Sheldon Creed 5 0
7 Christian Eckes 4 0
8 Grant Enfinger 3 0
9 Raphael Lessard 2 0
10 Todd Gilliland 1 0

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