Top-20 Finish Tops Off Consistent Run for Rookie Austin HillAugust 18, 2016
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 17, 2016
- The UNOH 200 marked the 13th race of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck season and fifth race for Austin Hill.
- Hill started 18th and raced his way as high as eighth during the 200-lap race.
- A NASCAR Next alumnus, Hill had three previous starts at the Bristol, Tenn. 0.533-mile track in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, before entering Wednesday’s NCWTS event with Young Motorsports.
- Ben Kennedy earned his first career NCWTS victory and was followed to the finish line by Brett Moffitt, Daniel Hemric, William Byron and Johnny Sauter.
- The next NCWTS race is the Careers for Veterans 200, presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 27. The race will be televised live on FS 1 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Radio beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- Hill will next compete in the NCWTS with Young’s Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 16th.
Top-20 Finish Tops Off Consistent Run for Rookie Austin Hill
In his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway, Austin Hill and the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Ford team finished 19th in the UNOH 200. After starting the 200-lap event from the 18th position, the Winston, GA native found himself inside the top-10 by lap 46. Working closely with veteran spotter Freddie Kraft, Hill continued to maneuver traffic, while trying to hold onto the coveted bottom grove. Impatience from behind, shuffled the rookie to the outside grove, forcing him to lose valuable position and later a lap to the leaders. Ever resilient and after a late pit stop, the NASCAR Next alumni meticulously worked his way through traffic gaining several spots enroot to a top-20 finish in the 19th position.
Start – 18 Finish – 19 Laps Led – 0
AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:
“We had a solid top-15th place truck tonight and I cannot thank everyone involved from the Young’s Motorsports team for all of their hard work and dedication. We were able to crack into the top-10 tonight and my Ford was handling pretty well in the early stages, but once we got shuffled to the outside grove and towards the back, track position became the premium. All-in-all it was a great learning experience and I am looking forward to getting back behind of the No. 02 Ford at Chicagoland Speedway in a few weeks.”