Friesen locks into Championship Four with Phoenix Vehicles victory
Stewart Friesen thought he had led the primary lap of Friday evening’s Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
He was flawed.
After struggling a penalty for leaping the beginning of the race, nonetheless, Friesen rallied to guide the lap that counted most — the final one — and secured a spot in subsequent weekend’s Championship Four race with the second NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Sequence victory of the season and his profession.
“We’ve obtained a badass piece for subsequent week, too,” promised Friesen, who will strive for the title subsequent Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Friesen should take care of defending collection champion Brett Moffitt, who locked himself into the Championship Four after ending ninth within the second stage of Friday evening’s race.
Ross Chastain additionally gained a berth within the title race with a 14th place end, and two-time collection champion Matt Crafton claimed the ultimate spot after ending sixth — and edging polewinner Austin Hill (13th) by six factors for the ultimate spot.
After the fifth and remaining warning of the night for a wreck in Flip Three involving Sam Mayer and John Hunter Nemechek, Friesen charged into the lead earlier than previous Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes and led the ultimate 44 circuits.
It was no cakewalk, although. With 5 laps left, Jones made a last-ditch run to the within of Friesen however couldn’t get previous the No. 52 Chevrolet. Friesen pulled away on the final two laps to beat Jones to the end line by .860 seconds.
“It was an excellent race automotive,” mentioned Friesen, who was despatched to the rear of the sphere after attending to the stripe forward of Hill, who spun his tires on the preliminary begin. “We have been in a position to cross ’em all, cross ’em all clear,” mentioned Friesen.
“Nice race automotive, nice race group. We’ll all have fun tomorrow, after which it’s sport on.”
Moffitt got here to Phoenix with the collection lead and was first to clinch a spot within the remaining race. However the driver of the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet, who received final 12 months’s championship driving for Hattori Racing Enterprises, had two aims on Friday.
“My primary concern for the day was getting us locked into the proprietor factors as nicely,” Moffitt mentioned. “We obtained each jobs performed as we speak.”
Chastain completed with a 13-point margin over Hill, who misplaced floor to Crafton on the Lap 107 restart and by no means recovered. Chastain didn’t declare for the Truck Sequence championship till 9 races into the season however certified for the Championship Four however.
“Man, that is loopy — a dream come true although,” Chastain mentioned.
Crafton got here to Phoenix 9 factors behind Hill however made up many of the deficit with 17 factors mixed within the first two phases.
“I didn’t have something to lose and all the things to achieve,” Crafton mentioned. “And that’s the way in which I drove it from the inexperienced flag to the checkered flag.”
Hill joined fellow Toyota driver Tyler Ankrum on the sidelines for the ultimate race. Ankrum suffered early injury and completed 26th, six laps down. Hill merely didn’t have any juice on the restarts.
“We simply didn’t have any short-run pace,” Hill mentioned. “I hate it for my guys. I simply couldn’t do something on the restarts. The entrance finish would slide, the rear would slide, and through that final lengthy green-flag run, it was horrible.
“I hate that we completed the place we did, particularly after qualifying from the pole. I positively had excessive hopes for the race after qualifying on the pole and displaying pace in second apply. We’ll transfer on to Homestead and regroup for subsequent 12 months.”
Chandler Smith completed third, adopted by Rhodes and Grant Enfinger. Crafton, Harrison Burton, Johnny Sauter, Chastain and Moffitt accomplished the highest 10.
NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Sequence Race – 25th Annual Lucas Oil 150
Friday, November 8, 2019
- (2) Stewart Friesen (P), Chevrolet, 150.
- (7) Brandon Jones(i), Toyota, 150.
- (6) Chandler Smith, Toyota, 150.
- (4) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 150.
- (8) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 150.
- (10) Matt Crafton (P), Ford, 150.
- (32) Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 150.
- (11) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 150.
- (14) Ross Chastain (P), Chevrolet, 150.
- (12) Brett Moffitt (P), Chevrolet, 150.
- (5) Ty Majeski, Chevrolet, 150.
- (3) Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 150.
- (1) Austin Hill (P), Toyota, 150.
- (9) Todd Gilliland, Toyota, 150.
- (18) Tyler Dippel #, Chevrolet, 150.
- (16) Dylan Lupton, Toyota, 150.
- (20) Tanner Grey, Toyota, 149.
- (25) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 149.
- (21) Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, 149.
- (19) Gus Dean #, Chevrolet, 149.
- (28) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 149.
- (30) Natalie Decker #, Toyota, 149.
- (17) Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet, 149.
- (13) Anthony Alfredo #, Toyota, 148.
- (29) Kyle Plott, Toyota, 148.
- (15) Tyler Ankrum # (P), Toyota, 144.
- (27) Danny Bohn, Toyota, 144.
- (24) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 120.
- (22) John Hunter Nemechek(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 108.
- (31) Carson Ware, Toyota, Electrical, 37.
- (23) Derek Kraus, Toyota, Accident, 28.
- (26) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Overheating, 11.
Common Velocity of Race Winner: 97.35 mph.
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 32 Minutes, 27 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.860 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 5 for 30 laps.
Lead Modifications: 9 amongst 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Hill (P) 0;B. Rhodes 1-29;C. Smith 30;B. Rhodes 31-48;T. Gilliland 49;S. Creed # 50-65;B. Jones(i) 66-94;J. Sauter 95-99;B. Jones(i) 100-106;S. Friesen (P) 107-150.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): Ben Rhodes 2 instances for 47 laps; Stewart Friesen (P) 1 time for 44 laps; Brandon Jones(i) 2 instances for 36 laps; Sheldon Creed # 1 time for 16 laps; Johnny Sauter 1 time for five laps; Todd Gilliland 1 time for 1 lap; Chandler Smith 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Prime Ten: 99,46,88,45,24,4,16,98,52,13
Stage #2 Prime Ten: 51,88,46,52,18,16,4,2,24,13