02/15 21:39 CST Austin Hill earns Truck Series victory in Daytona opener
Austin Hill earns Truck Series victory in Daytona opener
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) --- Austin Hill blocked his way to his first career
Truck Series victory in a crash-marred season-opener Friday night at Daytona
With only nine of the 32 trucks still running in the second overtime, Hill had
to block Grant Enfinger for most of the final lap. He needed a last big, bold
maneuver to hold off Enfinger as they rushed toward the checkered flag.
Hill won for Hattori Racing and solidified the team's decision to release
reigning series champion Brett Moffitt a month after Moffitt won the title.
Hattori Racing struggled all last season with funding but Moffitt won the final
two races of the year to give the underdog team an unexpected championship.
Team owner Shige Hattori released Moffitt then signed Hill in early January.
The 24-year-old won for the first time in 52 career Truck Series starts.
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