Hill Battles Ill Handling Truck at Bristol Motor SpeedwayAugust 18, 2017
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 16, 2017
- The UNOH 200 marked the 13th race of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck season and eighth race for Austin Hill.
- Hill started 22nd and fought an incredibly tight truck throughout the entire race, ultimately coming home 22nd.
- This was Hill’s second career NCWTS start at the Bristol, Tenn. facility.
- Kyle Busch earned the victory and was followed to the finish line by Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes.
- Hill’s next scheduled event is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 23rd. The race will broadcast live on FoxSports1.
Hill Battles Ill Handling Truck at Bristol Motor Speedway
Austin Hill and the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports team started the UNOH 200 in the 22nd position and immediately radioed the crew that the truck was a “ten tight all around the track.” He also made note that the truck seemed to lack power when exiting the turn and on the straightaways. Using both caution periods ending each of the first two segments, crew chief Bruce Cook made major adjustments to Hill’s Ford F150, including trackbar, wedge and air pressure. Continuing to wrestle the truck, Hill battled through heavy lapped traffic, continually changing his racing line to try and alleviate his issue. With the issue worsening and the changes made during the pit stops not helping, Hill battled to a 22nd place finish in Wednesday nights race.
Start – 22 Finish – 22 Laps Led – 0
AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:
“We’re really not sure what was going on with our truck during the race. It was just incredibly tight, regardless if I raced on the bottom in the VHT, or all the way against the wall and then there was a feeling of no power as I exited the corners and hit the straightaways. We’ll head back to the shop this week and tear everything down and try and diagnose the phantom issues. I’m ready to get back in the truck at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) next month.”
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.