Austin Hill survives chaos of inaugural Corn Belt 150 – The Checkered Flag


For the primary time ever, the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence raced at Knoxville Raceway. Regardless of the fanfare and pleasure surrounding Friday’s Corn Belt 150, it in the end left many followers and drivers pissed off as a number of wrecks resulted in fourteen cautions and 4 overtimes that dragged out the occasion. By the top, Austin Hill was capable of survive the carnage to win his first race of the yr.

Hill began thirteenth whereas Derek Kraus was on the pole following warmth races. Whereas the primary two phases ran largely clear as a lot of the incidents had been for single-truck spins, the wheels got here off within the remaining stage because it featured 9 of the fourteen cautions. Kraus, who received the primary two phases, discovered himself antagonising a lot of the sphere along with his driving, leading to him being turned by Grant Enfinger and Tyler Ankrum throughout post-race cooldown laps.

Whereas Truck races usually run for one-and-a-half hours, the Corn Belt 150 was stretched to 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 55 seconds because of the litany of cautions, particularly within the remaining laps as fixed extra time classes from crashes resulted in laps being added; what was speculated to be a 150-lap occasion would finish at 179. Such a prolonged race drew comparisons to the Daytona Street Course occasion in February, which ran longer than the Cup Sequence‘ race there the earlier yr and is the longest race in collection historical past by length, and the Darlington race in Might that reached 2:28:40.

After Hailie Deegan, Sheldon Creed, and Jett Noland (sarcastically, Deegan and Creed have intensive off-road expertise whereas Creed and Noland have raced collectively within the Stadium Tremendous Vans) wrecked with two laps remaining to arrange the primary extra time, the biggest accident of the evening was triggered shortly after the restart with seventeen complete drivers concerned. Three extra overtimes would happen, and Hill escaped along with his seventh profession win and first of 2021.

“Form of thought we had been out of it there on that restart after I was on the skin of the #38 (Todd Gilliland) and I fell again to love twentieth and I didn’t suppose we had been going to make it again up,” stated Hill. “Monitor place was enormous and it was actually onerous to get round individuals. You needed to form of tough them as much as get round them. I simply saved my head down. […]

“When you would have instructed me that we’d win a mud race this yr, I’d have instructed you that you just had been mendacity.”

Credit score: James Gilbert/Getty Pictures

Many expressed their displeasure with the race for varied causes, reminiscent of Knoxville’s viability as a observe and the inexperience of drivers within the area. Others identified weird moments from race officers such because the flagman unintentionally waving the white flag 5 laps too early in a warmth race, leading to a warning, and Ben Rhodes receiving a black flag because the function was resuming relatively than beneath warning. Some identified the comparatively clear product that the Celebrity Racing Expertise supplied on the observe in June was an indication that adjustments to NASCAR’s dealing with of the occasion might reserve it sooner or later.

Creed was significantly vocal following his retirement from the race, telling FS1 that the Vans ought to be racing at Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile paved observe is situated in the identical state as Knoxville however was faraway from the calendar after 2020.

Stewart Friesen, a mud and Truck common who was caught within the remaining warning, sardonically talked to Truck proprietor/driver Jordan Anderson about “wealthy children purchase(ing) rides” in response to Anderson tweeting he had “by no means seen guys with such disrespect for one another.”

Carson Hocevar, who ran within the high 5 for a lot of the occasion however completed sixteenth after a spin on the ultimate lap from contact with John Hunter Nemechek, merely tweeted, “what a joke.” Hocevar’s Niece Motorsports crew adopted up by replying to Jayski’s Foolish Season Website that Nemechek was answerable for the incident.

Nemechek completed eleventh however secured the common season championship with an 85-point benefit over Rhodes coming into the ultimate race at Watkins Glen.

Within the forty-driver area, Brian Brown—who ran the SRX Knoxville race—was the highest-finishing newcomer as he positioned eighth. Devon Rouse (eighteenth), Jessica Friesen (twenty-sixth), Parker Value-Miller (twenty-ninth), Donny Schatz (thirty-second), and Morgan Alexander (fortieth) additionally made their Truck débuts within the race.

Tate Fogleman completed ninth for his first profession high ten, and was the one Chevrolet driver to complete within the vary. Chris Windom was fifteenth as a substitute driver for Michael Annett. Of the 5 warmth race winners, Warmth #4 victor Hocevar was the very best finisher forward of Ankrum (Warmth #3, seventeenth), Kyle Strickler (Warmth #2, twenty-third), and Josh Berry (Warmth #1, twenty-eighth).

Race outcomes

End Begin Quantity Driver Staff Producer Laps Standing
1 13 16 Austin Hill Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 179 Working
2 10 18 Chandler Smith Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 179 Working
3 26 98 Grant Enfinger ThorSport Racing Toyota 179 Working
4 3 38 Todd Gilliland Entrance Row Motorsports Ford 179 Working
5 1 19 Derek Kraus McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota 179 Working
6 9 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Toyota 179 Working
7 18 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Toyota 179 Working
8 15 51 Brian Brown Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 179 Working
9 28 12 Tate Fogleman Younger’s Motorsports Chevrolet 179 Working
10 23 30 Danny Bohn On Level Motorsports Toyota 179 Working
11 37 4 John Hunter Nemechek Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 179 Working
12 34 34 Jake Griffin Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet 179 Working
13 31 40 Ryan Truex Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 179 Working
14 14 21 Zane Smith GMS Racing Chevrolet 179 Working
15 32 02 Chris Windom* Younger’s Motorsports Chevrolet 179 Working
16 5 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 179 Working
17 2 26 Tyler Ankrum GMS Racing Chevrolet 179 Working
18 39 33 Devon Rouse Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet 179 Working
19 36 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 179 Working
20 6 13 Johnny Sauter ThorSport Racing Toyota 179 Working
21 4 1 Hailie Deegan David Gilliland Racing Ford 179 Working
22 24 41 Cody Erickson Cram Racing Enterprises Chevrolet 177 Working
23 8 20 Kyle Strickler Younger’s Motorsports Chevrolet 177 Working
24 29 49 Andrew Gordon CMI Motorsports Toyota 177 Working
25 40 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet 176 Working
26 25 62 Jessica Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 175 Working
27 19 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 170 Working
28 11 25 Josh Berry* Rackley WAR Chevrolet 163 Accident
29 7 3 Parker Value-Miller Jorda Anderson Racing Chevrolet 160 Working
30 21 22 Austin Wayne Self AM Racing Chevrolet 159 Accident
31 27 15 Tanner Grey David Gilliland Racing Ford 153 Accident
32 22 17 Donny Schatz David Gilliland Racing Ford 153 Accident
33 30 23 Chase Purdy GMS Racing Chevrolet 153 Accident
34 38 9 Codie Rohrbaugh CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 153 Accident
35 16 2 Sheldon Creed GMS Racing Chevrolet 153 Accident
36 12 04 Chase Briscoe* Roper Racing Ford 153 Accident
37 33 45 Jett Noland Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 151 Accident
38 17 37 Brett Moffitt* AM Racing Chevrolet 139 Accident
39 20 24 Jack Wooden GMS Racing Chevrolet 91 Accident
40 35 44 Morgan Alexander Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 63 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the 12 months
* – Ineligible for Truck factors


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