NASCAR Gander Truck Series: Kansas Speedway Night 1

The stars of the NASCAR Gander Truck Series came to play for the first of a double-header weekend at Kansas Speedway. Coming off a solid race put forth by the Monster Energy Series drivers, the Truck Series drivers looked to up the ante as the 38 drivers took to the track for some Friday night NASCAR racing.

Stage 1:

Just after 4:15 pm PST, Christian Eckes led the field to green with Brett Moffitt to the inside. Benefitting from a great start, Moffitt took the lead and led the way as the trucks battled 2, 3 and 4-wide behind him. Todd Gilliland led a charge to Moffitt and was able to take over the lead before Lap 15. The first caution of the night flew with 12 laps left in the stage as Robby Lyons spun coming out of Turn Four. Though the trucks at the front stayed out, other drivers entered the pits for service.

With seven laps left in the stage, Moffitt was able to power ahead, leading the way over the field. Moffitt held a comfortable lead as he took the green-and-white checkered flag, winning the first stage. Under the stage break, the lead-lap cars that did not pit earlier came in for service with Sheldon Creed exiting first after not taking tires.

Stage 2:

On Lap 34, Stage Two began with Christian Eckes on the outside and Ben Rhodes to the inside. Austin Hill then powered by Eckes with 20 laps left in Stage Two with Ty Majeski in third. Austin Hill brought the end to an uneventful stage two to a close as he crossed the finish line first, taking the green-and-white checkered flag. All lead-lap trucks came down pit road for service with Ben Rhodes emerging with the lead.

Stage 3:

Stage Three of the Kansas Speedway began on Lap 67 with Ben Rhodes and Christian Eckes leading the way. Eckes held the lead as he came under fire by Zane Smith. Not to be denied, Smith was able to get around Eckes and lead the field as the race crossed Lap 70. Korbin Forrester brought out the fourth caution of the day on Lap 83 as smacked the wall with his right-side. Under the caution, all lead-lap drivers came down the pits for their last scheduled pit stops. Ross Chastain exited first due to taking no tires under his stop.

Chastain led the field back to green on Lap 88 with Matt Crafton to his inside. Hill, Crafton, and Moffitt then began an epic battle for the lead with Hill finally claiming the top spot. Moffitt wouldn’t let Hill hold the lead for long as he took the number one spot back with Hill keeping pace. Hill then was able to take back the lead as the race crossed Lap 100. Not long after, Ross Chastain suffered an issue resulting in multiple flat tires, taking him out of contention. Once out front, Hill continued onward without a challenge and won the Blue Emu 200.

Overall, the race was by-the-numbers for Kansas Speedway. There was some side-by-side racing, yet the long-green flag runs kept the field spaced apart. As there is to be a double-header with the same trucks to driving tomorrow, the drivers looked to keep it safe tonight. What were your thoughts on tonight’s race?

Tomorrow brings the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series, Part Two.

Written by Robert Chipman

Robert is a die-hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings and the New Orleans Saints. He has watched NASCAR since he was a kid and knows a little about a lot of sports.

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