Hill Earns Top Ten Finish at Kentucky SpeedwayJuly 10, 2017
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Buckle Up in Your Truck 225
July 6, 2017
- The Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 marked the 10th race of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck season and sixth race for Austin Hill.
- Qualifying was racing out, setting the field on Owner’s Points, Hill started 18th.
- This was Hill’s second start at the Sparta, K.Y. facility.
- Christopher Bell earned his third victory of 2017, followed by Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson.
- Hill’s next scheduled event is at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 29th. The race will broadcast live on FoxSports1.
Hill Earns Top Ten Finish at Kentucky Speedway
Austin Hill and the No. 02 Whitetail Heaven Outfitters Ford F150 team unloaded for the weekend with good speed and a decent handling truck. Spending both practice sessions within the top-10, Hill and the crew readied for qualifying, before Mother Nature decided she had other plans. With qualifying rained out, NASCAR officials set the field on Owner’s Points, showing Hill rolling off 18th. Hill made quick work of his starting position and found himself within the top-10 before the completion of Stage 1. Reporting a tight condition under the lap-35 caution for the end of the Stage, Hill came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a spring rubber adjustment. Fighting with varying pit strategy’s, Hill was forced to restart back in 15th, but once again made quick work of the trucks in front of him. Pitting for fuel only on lap-106, Hill restarted 12th and battled the remaining laps, to bring home the No. 02 Whitetail Heaven Outfitters Ford F150 in the 10th position.
Start – 18* Finish – 10 Laps Led – 0
AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:
“My Young’s Motorsports crew built an incredibly fast and well-handled F150 for me this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The truck handled traffic well and allowed me to execute passes as long as I could keep the momentum up. We’ve had a string of bad luck entering the summer stretch and I hope this result shows what we are capable of and sets things in motion for our next race at Pocono Raceway. I can’t thank Whitetail Heaven Outfitters enough for coming onboard for this race and bringing all of their guests out to the track. It was a great experience and I look forward to working with them more in the future.”
*Field set on 2017 Owners Points per NASCAR rulebook
About Austin Hill
Austin Hill, a Winston, Ga. native, is driven to become the next big name in NASCAR. The 23-year-old is driving a partial schedule in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, in a newly formed partnership with Young’s Motorsports, in the No. 02 Ford F-150. Hill successfully graduated, after being a two-year member of NASCAR Next, a program designed to cultivate and promote the sports’ next generation of superstars. Hill started his racing career at the age of six in Quarter Midgets and won the 2002 Quarter Midget championship at his home track in Cumming, G.A. before moving on to excel in the Bandolero, Legends Series and Pro Late Model Series. While in the NASCAR Next program, Hill secured five wins and one pole award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, along with 13 top-five, 24 top-10 finishes. Hill currently resides in Salisbury, N.C. with his wife, Ashlyn, and daughter, Lynnlee.