Ross Chastain wins Charlotte Truck race in dramatic end
Hocevar appeared headed towards his first profession victory Friday night time at Charlotte Motor Speedway – main 57 of 143 laps – however wrecked with Ryan Preece racing for the lead within the first additional time.
The wreck left Chastain the chief on the restart of the second additional time. Chastain, nonetheless misplaced the result in Christian Eckes on the next-to-last lap.
On the ultimate lap, John Hunter Nemechek nudged into the lead however Grant Enfinger pushed Chastain again to the lead and the win by 0.102 seconds over Grant Enfinger.
The win is the fourth in sequence for Chastain and first since 2019.
“Carson Hocevar and that No. 42 crew dominated tonight. Al Niece (crew proprietor) has given us vehicles to come back out and battle for wins,” Chastain mentioned. “I hate it a lot for Carson. If I had chosen the underside (lane) like he did, I might have finished the identical factor. You’re simply in a foul spot and I might have given him the push he wanted to win.
“I’m so happy with Carson. I simply need to say that again and again. I really like him. We study collectively and we lose collectively. I’m able to bust (a watermelon)!”
Nemechek completed third, Eckes fourth and Zane Smith rounded out the top-five.
Finishing the top-10 have been Tanner Grey, Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, Stewart Friesen and Ben Rhodes.
Hocevar took accountability for the incident with Preece.
“A dumbass transfer on my own,” Hocevar mentioned. “I attempted too laborious. I really feel like a sis crying.”
Preece supplied no sympathy for Hocevar.
“All you youngsters watching proper now desirous to get to this degree … don’t do this,” Preece mentioned of transfer by Hocevar. “Race with respect.”
Following the break between Levels 2 and three, solely a handful of vehicles pit together with the chief Rhodes, which moved Eckes into the lead. Derek Kraus was penalized for dashing on pit street and needed to restart from the rear of the sector.
On the restart on Lap 66, Eckes was adopted by Preece, Hocevar and Nemechek.
Preece powered round Eckes coming off Flip 4 after the restart to take the lead for the primary time.
On Lap 72, Hocevar went to the skin of Preece and got here away with the lead.
With 40 laps remaining, Hocevar had constructed a 4.3-second lead over Preece with Nemechek in third.
Chandler Smith on Lap 95 was the primary driver to hit pit street for a green-flag pit cease to get new tires and sufficient gas to make it to the end.
Chastain adopted on Lap 97 and Rhodes on Lap 98. Far more of the sector got here down pit street on Lap 100.
As soon as the cycle of stops was accomplished on Lap 107, Hocevar returned to the lead adopted by Preece, Chastain, Nemechek and Eckes.
With 10 laps remaining, Hocevar had constructed his lead over Preece to greater than six seconds as Chastain ran third, 9 seconds behind the chief.
On Lap 133, Jesse Little and Tyler Ankrum wrecked in Flip 3 to carry out a warning and ship the race right into a two-lap additional time.
Hocevar led the best way into additional time, adopted by Preece, Nemechek, Chastain and Eckes.
Hocevar and Preece wrecked in Flip 3 racing for the lead after the restart, handing the result in Chastain and sending the race right into a second additional time.
Chastain lined up within the lead adopted by Eckes, Nemechek, Enfinger and Busch.
Rhodes claimed the Stage 2 win below warning as he grabbed the lead on restart with two laps to go and simply earlier than Matt Mills wrecked in Flip 1.
Eckes was second, Preece third, Hocevar fourth and Zane Smith rounded out the top-five.
Following the break between Levels 1 and a couple of, all of the lead-lap vehicles elected to pit with Zane Smith the primary off pit street.
Busch had a crew member over the wall too quickly and needed to restart the race from the rear of the sector. Friesen was penalized for dashing and in addition needed to begin within the rear.
On the restart on Lap 37, Zane Smith led the best way adopted by Ty Majeski, Preece, Hocevar and Eckes.
With 10 laps remaining within the stage, Zane Smith maintained a small benefit over Majeski with Preece nonetheless in third.
On Lap 53, Tate Fogleman spun off Flip 4 to carry out a warning. A lot of the lead-lap vehicles pit with Preece the primary off pit street.
Kraus stayed out and inherited the lead. On the restart on Lap 58, Kraus was adopted by Rhodes, Timmy Hill and Preece.
Zane Smith held off Majeski to take the Stage 1 win, his fifth stage win of the 2022 season.
Preece was third, Hocevar was fourth and Chastain rounded out the top-five.
Majeski began on the pole and led the primary lap however Busch moved forward on Lap 2 solely to see Zane Smith seize the lead on the line.
Majeski moved again into the lead on Lap 9 solely to see Zane Smith reclaim it once more on Lap 10.
With 15 laps remaining, Zane Smith maintained a couple of half-second lead over Majeski, with Busch in third.
Austin Wayne Self and Hailie Deegan each needed to begin the race from the rear of the sector because of unapproved changes made to their respective vehicles.