Hill's Day Cut Short After Losing Brake CaliperNovember 12, 2017
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Lucas Oil 150
Phoenix International Raceway
November 10, 2017
- The Lucas Oil 150 marked the 22nd race of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck season and 12th and final race for Austin Hill.
- Hill started 17th and was racing in the top-15 before being forced to the garage with a broken left-rear brake caliper.
- This was Hill’s first career NCWTS start at Phoenix International Raceway.
- Johnny Sauter earned the victory and was followed to the finish line by John Hunter Nemechek, Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.
- Hill along with Young’s Motorsports, announced Friday at the track that the Douglasville, G.A. native will once again join the team in 2018, competing full-time in the flagship No. 02 entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Hill’s Day Cut Short After Losing Brake Caliper
Austin Hill and the No. 02 United Rentals Ford F150 team used the days lone practice session to work on making sure the truck handled well during the race. The team spent most of the session inside the top-10, based on speed, and ended the session with Hill reporting the truck was good on long run speed. After advancing to the second round of qualifying, Hill was set to start the 150-lap race 17th. Making quick work of the initial start, Hill began picking up spots, until radioing to his crew that he had a flat tire at the end of Stage One. After pitting for four tires, fuel and a wedge and trackbar adjustment, Hill rejoined the field 18th and began working his way into the top-15 on the ensuing restart. Shortly after starting the final stage, Hill reported a bad vibration and brought his No. 02 United Rentals Ford to pit road. Once on pit road, the crew immediately diagnosed the problem as a broken right rear brake caliper, forcing Hill to the garage. Hill and the No. 02 United Rentals Ford F150 were credited with a 23rd place finish.
Start – 17 Finish – 23 Laps Led – 0
AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:
“One day we will have a little luck on our side. We unloaded in practice with really good race-run speed and a truck that would go where I needed it to. Once we got into the race, I was just working my way through the field and it kept feeling like I was losing power. Looking back, I realize that was when the brake caliper was probably coming loose. I hate it for everyone at United Rentals, Young’s Motorsports and my whole crew.”
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.
About United Rentals Inc.
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 1,029 rental locations in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 14,900 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $11.2 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com