This week the Gander Outdoors Truck Series travels to Gateway Park – Worldwide Technology Raceway – for the Villa Lighting Delivers the Gateway 200 and the final race in the Triple Truck Challenge.
After an on track altercation last week, NASCAR suspended Johnny Sauter for one race. Myatt Snider will the the wheel of the number 13 truck for this week.
Also involved in that altercation was Austin Hill; while NASCAR did not penalize Hill, they will be watching him closely.
Christian Eckes won the pole and will bring the field to the green flag after qualifying was canceled due to rain and set by truck owner points.
Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 160 laps and 200 miles.
Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Grant Enfinger that gets out in front for the lead.
Stewart Friesen passes Enfinger for the lead on lap three.
The first caution flag comes out on lap four when Gregory Rayl gets into the wall.
Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart and goes nose to nose with Grant Enfinger before Enfinger takes the lead.
Lap 10, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the field.
On lap 16, Sheldon Creed got way loose but saves the truck and the track stays green.
Lap 21, Grant Enfinger gets around Stewart Friesen to take the lead.
Lap 29, Grant Enfinger has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Stewart Friesen.
With a lead of over a second, Grant Enfinger wins stage one for his second stage win of the season
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Taking only two tires, Grant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road. Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Myatt Snider, Chandler Smith, Anthony Alfredo, and Austin Hill also took only two tires.
Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 44; Enfinger holds on to his lead over team mate Ben Rhodes.
With 24 trucks on the lead lap on lap 49, Grant Enfinger has a half second lead on Matt Crafton.
Lap 55, Grant Enfinger continues to lead the race with Myatt Snider only a quarter of a second back.
Brett Moffitt is reporting some of an issue with his truck.
Lap 65, Grant Enfinger holds on to his lead, but Myatt Snider is looking to challenge for the top spot.
After dominating stages one and two, Grant Enfinger sweeps the stages with a stage two win.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Taking only two tires, Christian Eckes wins the race off of pit road. Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Gus Dean also took only two tires.
Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 78 and holds on to the lead by a narrow margin over Ross Chastain.
The caution flag comes out on lap 79 when Natalie Decker gets into the wall.
Brett Moffitt recycled the engine control unit in his truck and all is well.
Christiabn Eckes brings the field down for the green flag restart with 75 laps remaining in the race but it is Ross Chastain who gets out in front for the lead.
With 74 laps to go, Christian Eckes retakes the lead.
With Christian Eckes in the lead by over half a second, Ross Chastain and Harrison Burton battle for the second spot.
Sixty-eight laps to go, Christian Eckes continues to lead the race but his lead over Ross Chastain is down to less than half a second.
Fifty-seven laps to go, in just his sixth truck race start Christian Eckes has a half second lead on Ross Chastain.
With 90 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the stage on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop.
Forty-four laps to go, Ross Chastain has closed the gap to lead Christian Eckes to under half a second.
Thirty-four laps to go, Christian Eckeds holds on to his lead by only a quarter of a second on Ross Chastain.
With 33 laps to go, Matt Crafton begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.
Thirty to go, there are only 14 trucks on the lead lap.
With 29 laps to go, leader Christian Eckes brings his truck down pit rtoad for service; Ross Chastain is the new leader, just holding off Harrison Burton.
Twenty-seven to go, Ross Chastain makes his pit stop but takes fuel only. Harrison Burton is the new leader.
Austin Hill takes the lead with 24 laps remaining in the race.
Twenty-two to go, Kyle Benjamin is the new leader. Once green flag pit stops cycle through, Ross Chastain is the leader of the race.
Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed make contact and puts Burton into the wall and bringing out the caution flag with only 13 laps remaining in the race.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race. Ross Chastain holds on to the lead by a narrow margin.
Five to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Christian Eckes les than a quarter of a second behind.
Ross Chastain takes the white flag.
For the second week in a row, Ross Chastain wins the race. Last week Chastain’s win was disqualified after his truck failed inspection. This week, he gets his redemption…and another chance to smash a watermelon in victory lane. Chastain wins a $50,000 bonus in the final race of the Triple Truck Challenge.
Unofficial results for the Villa Lighting Delivers the Gateway 200:
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb