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NASCAR Truck Charlotte

Ross Chastain wins Charlotte Truck race in dramatic finish

Carson Hocevar led the most laps but his Niece Motorsports teammate Ross Chastain stole the NASCAR Truck win at Charlotte with a wild last-lap pass.

Hocevar appeared headed toward his first career victory Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway – leading 57 of 143 laps – but wrecked with Ryan Preece racing for the lead in the first overtime.

The wreck left Chastain the leader on the restart of the second overtime. Chastain, however lost the lead to Christian Eckes on the next-to-last lap.

On the final lap, John Hunter Nemechek nudged into the lead but Grant Enfinger pushed Chastain back to the lead and the win by 0.102 seconds over Grant Enfinger.

The win is the fourth in series for Chastain and first since 2019.

 

“Carson Hocevar and that No. 42 team dominated tonight. Al Niece (team owner) has given us trucks to come out and fight for wins,” Chastain said. “I hate it so much for Carson. If I had chosen the bottom (lane) like he did, I would have done the same thing. You’re just in a bad spot and I would have given him the push he needed to win.

“I’m so proud of Carson. I just want to say that over and over. I love him. We learn together and we lose together. I’m ready to bust (a watermelon)!”

Nemechek finished third, Eckes fourth and Zane Smith rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Tanner Gray, Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, Stewart Friesen and Ben Rhodes.

Hocevar took responsibility for the incident with Preece.

“A dumbass move by myself,” Hocevar said. “I tried too hard. I feel like a sis crying.”

Preece offered no sympathy for Hocevar.

“All you kids watching right now wanting to get to this level ... don’t do that,” Preece said of move by Hocevar. “Race with respect.”

Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, only a handful of trucks pit including the leader Rhodes, which moved Eckes into the lead. Derek Kraus was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to restart from the rear of the field.

On the restart on Lap 66, Eckes was followed by Preece, Hocevar and Nemechek.

Preece powered around Eckes coming off Turn 4 after the restart to take the lead for the first time.

On Lap 72, Hocevar went to the outside of Preece and came away with the lead.

With 40 laps remaining, Hocevar had built a 4.3-second lead over Preece with Nemechek in third.

Chandler Smith on Lap 95 was the first driver to hit pit road for a green-flag pit stop to get new tires and enough fuel to make it to the finish.

Chastain followed on Lap 97 and Rhodes on Lap 98. Much more of the field came down pit road on Lap 100.

Once the cycle of stops was completed on Lap 107, Hocevar returned to the lead followed by Preece, Chastain, Nemechek and Eckes.

With 10 laps remaining, Hocevar had built his lead over Preece to more than six seconds as Chastain ran third, 9 seconds behind the leader.

On Lap 133, Jesse Little and Tyler Ankrum wrecked in Turn 3 to bring out a caution and send the race into a two-lap overtime.

Hocevar led the way into overtime, followed by Preece, Nemechek, Chastain and Eckes.

Hocevar and Preece wrecked in Turn 3 racing for the lead after the restart, handing the lead to Chastain and sending the race into a second overtime.

 

Chastain lined up in the lead followed by Eckes, Nemechek, Enfinger and Busch.

Stage 2

Rhodes claimed the Stage 2 win under caution as he grabbed the lead on restart with two laps to go and just before Matt Mills wrecked in Turn 1.

 

Eckes was second, Preece third, Hocevar fourth and Zane Smith rounded out the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all the lead-lap trucks elected to pit with Zane Smith the first off pit road.

Busch had a crew member over the wall too soon and had to restart the race from the rear of the field. Friesen was penalized for speeding and also had to start in the rear.

On the restart on Lap 37, Zane Smith led the way followed by Ty Majeski, Preece, Hocevar and Eckes.

With 10 laps remaining in the stage, Zane Smith maintained a small advantage over Majeski with Preece still in third.

On Lap 53, Tate Fogleman spun off Turn 4 to bring out a caution. Most of the lead-lap trucks pit with Preece the first off pit road.

Kraus stayed out and inherited the lead. On the restart on Lap 58, Kraus was followed by Rhodes, Timmy Hill and Preece.

Stage 1

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 started on the pole and led the first lap but Busch moved ahead on Lap 2 only to see Zane Smith grab the lead at the line.

Majeski moved back into the lead on Lap 9 only to see Zane Smith reclaim it again on Lap 10.

With 15 laps remaining, Zane Smith maintained about a half-second lead over Majeski, with Busch in third.

Austin Wayne Self and Hailie Deegan both had to start the race from the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments made to their respective trucks.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Laps Led
1 41 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 143 1:42'16.782     4
2 23 United States Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 143 1:42'16.884 0.102 0.102  
3 4 United States John Hunter Nemechek Toyota 143 1:42'17.195 0.413 0.311  
4 98 United States Christian Eckes Toyota 143 1:42'17.304 0.522 0.109 5
5 38 Zane Smith Ford 143 1:42'17.323 0.541 0.019 52
6 15 United States Tanner Gray Ford 143 1:42'17.418 0.636 0.095  
7 51 United States Kyle Busch Toyota 143 1:42'17.572 0.790 0.154  
8 18 Chandler Smith Toyota 143 1:42'17.732 0.950 0.160  
9 52 United States Stewart Friesen Toyota 143 1:42'17.813 1.031 0.081  
10 99 United States Ben Rhodes Toyota 143 1:42'17.897 1.115 0.084 5
11 17 United States Ryan Preece Ford 143 1:42'18.001 1.219 0.104 9
12 19 United States Derek Kraus Chevrolet 143 1:42'18.697 1.915 0.696 2
13 66 United States Ty Majeski Toyota 143 1:42'18.848 2.066 0.151 4
14 91 Colby Howard Chevrolet 143 1:42'18.864 2.082 0.016  
15 61 United States Chase Purdy Toyota 143 1:42'19.289 2.507 0.425  
16 42 Carson Hocevar Chevrolet 143 1:42'25.843 9.061 6.554 57
17 25 United States Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 142 1:42'18.772 1 Lap 1 Lap  
18 88 United States Matt Crafton Toyota 142 1:42'19.023 1 Lap 0.251 5
19 44 United States Kris Wright Chevrolet 142 1:42'19.736 1 Lap 0.713  
20 16 United States Tyler Ankrum Toyota 142 1:42'22.268 1 Lap 2.532  
21 56 United States Timmy Hill Toyota 141 1:42'19.734 2 Laps 1 Lap  
22 45 Alan Lawless Chevrolet 141 1:42'20.540 2 Laps 0.806  
23 24 Jack Wood Chevrolet 141 1:42'20.676 2 Laps 0.136  
24 12 United States Spencer Boyd Chevrolet 141 1:42'20.781 2 Laps 0.105  
25 22 United States Austin Wayne Self Chevrolet 141 1:42'21.091 2 Laps 0.310  
26 37 Max Gutierrez Chevrolet 140 1:42'22.655 3 Laps 1 Lap  
27 1 United States Hailie Deegan Ford 140 1:42'25.840 3 Laps 3.185  
28 40 Dean Thompson Chevrolet 139 1:42'19.897 4 Laps 1 Lap  
29 30 Tate Fogleman Toyota 139 1:42'20.258 4 Laps 0.361  
30 9 Blaine Perkins Chevrolet 139 1:42'24.887 4 Laps 4.629  
31 33 United States Josh Reaume Toyota 138 1:42'26.470 5 Laps 1 Lap  
32 02 United States Jesse Little Chevrolet 128 1:26'02.736 15 Laps 10 Laps  
33 43 Keith McGee Chevrolet 67 57'30.519 76 Laps 61 Laps  
34 20 United States Matt Mills Chevrolet 57 39'51.565 86 Laps 10 Laps  
35 46 United States Brennan Poole Ford 38 25'42.155 105 Laps 19 Laps  

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