(MRN) Brett Moffitt opened the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs by winning Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The reigning series champion led 65 laps on the night and held off Chandler Smith to take his third win of the season and first at Bristol.
“To win and get locked in (to next round) is truly unbelievable,” Moffitt said. “This is definitely the best win of the season thus far. We’ve got the next two races where we can go race aggressively and try to go get more points.”
Smith’s runner-up finish was his career best in just his third series start driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Ross Chastain, who won Stage 1, rebounded from a safety violation on a pit stop after the second stage to finish third. He led four times for a race-high 78 laps.
Stewart Friesen finished fourth after getting into the wall on Lap 151 while battling fellow playoff driver Matt Crafton for eighth. Grant Enfinger, who lost the lead to Moffitt with 27 to go, made it four playoff drivers in the top five with a fifth-place finish.
Sheldon Creed, Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Todd Gilliland and playoff driver Austin Hill completed the top 10. Playoff driver Johnny Sauter was able to finish 11th after two incidents in the race that damaged his truck.
Tyler Ankrum was not as lucky as he had a fuel pickup/electrical issue and stalled on Lap 171 after a pit stop. He finished 20th and is now 51 points behind Moffitt in the playoff standings.
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The race featured 12 cautions for 73 laps.
Top 10 Finishers Thursday
|1||1||24||Brett Moffitt (P)||Chevrolet||200||59||Running||65|
|3||2||45||Ross Chastain (P)||Chevrolet||200||53||Running||78|
|4||3||52||Stewart Friesen (P)||Chevrolet||200||43||Running||0|
|5||14||98||Grant Enfinger (P)||Ford||200||34||Running||57|
|6||24||2||Sheldon Creed #||Chevrolet||200||31||Running||0|
|7||11||88||Matt Crafton (P)||Ford||200||42||Running||0|
2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Standings
After Race 17: Bristol
|Rank||Driver||Starts||Points||-Leader||-Next||Race Wins||Stage Wins||Playoff Points|
|1||Brett Moffitt (P)||17||2081||0||0||3||3||28|
|2||Ross Chastain (P)||17||2065||-16||16||3||4||13|
|3||Stewart Friesen (P)||17||2057||-24||8||1||2||14|
|4||Grant Enfinger (P)||17||2053||-28||4||0||4||19|
|5||Matt Crafton (P)||17||2053||-28||0||0||3||11|
|6||Johnny Sauter (P)||16||2043||-38||10||1||3||9|
|7||Austin Hill (P)||17||2040||-41||3||2||0||12|
|8||Tyler Ankrum # (P)||14||2030||-51||10||1||0||5|